In the novel, "Outsiders", what's Ponyboy's major goal?In the novel, "Outsiders", what's Ponyboy's major goal? Why is this goal so important to him? Also, please describe the character's life till...

In the novel, "Outsiders", what's Ponyboy's major goal?

In the novel, "Outsiders", what's Ponyboy's major goal? Why is this goal so important to him? Also, please describe the character's life till now, motivations, family situations, pet peeves-- and anything that comes to you. Thanks. I'm doing a character sketch and I need ideas. I will not plagiarise. I swear.

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Ponyboy’s major goal in the novel is to win the affection and love of his eldest brother, Darry. Since the death of their parents, Darry has been supporting himself, Ponyboy and their other brother, Sodapop. Ponyboy feels he is a constant let down to his brother, who seems to be a harsh and nagging surrogate parent. Ponyboy is anxious not to be a burden to his brother or their gang, the Greasers.

 

Ponyboy is accomplished in both the classroom and on the running track – emulating his brother Darry who played football, and who had college potential. After Darry slaps him for coming home late, Ponyboy begins the tragic adventure with Johnny, which leads to the deaths of three young men. It is through these tragedies that Ponyboy learns that Darry is fiercely protective of his family and that he has always been at the centre of his brother’s affection. As the brothers agree at the end of the novel-

if we don't have each other, we don't have anything.

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