How is the theme of loyalty evidenced in The Outsiders?

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The theme of loyalty is evidenced throughout the book. The first area that I see a deep loyalty theme is amongst Ponyboy's family. The three brothers are all that is left of the family, since their mom and dad were killed. They may fight from time to time, and Ponyboy may not always see how much his brothers love him, but they are extremely loyal to the family unit that is them. They do not want to be separated from one another.

Since Mom and Dad were killed in an auto wreck, the three of us only get to stay together only as long as we behave. So Soda and I stay out of trouble as much as we can . . . .

The Curtis brothers are also loyal to an extended family. That family is the Greasers. They do things like leave doors unlocked for one another in case one of them gets in trouble at home and needs to cool off or wait for the parent to cool off. They stick up for one another and make sure none of them goes into a fight alone.

You take up for your buddies no matter what they do. When you're...

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