Compare and contrast Ponyboy and Dallas in The Outsiders.

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Ponyboy Curtis is the youngest of the three Curtis brothers, and of all the "outsiders," he is closest to Johnny.  Dally is the hard core greaser of the bunch; Pony alludes early in the novel to some of Dally's activities in New York, which apparently included jail time.  Dally is rude, obnoxious, and generally confrontational to virtually everyone who crosses his path--except for Johnny.  Dally is protective of Johnny, like the other "outsiders," and we see how unwilling Dally is to engage in conflict with Johnny when Johnny tells him to leave the girls he's harassing alone and the normally confrontational Dally stares in amazement and wanders off.   Ponyboy enjoys movies, and not just for entertainment purposes.  He watches movies carefully, trying to deconstruct them in his mind, like a director might.  He does well in school, something that his older brother Darry insists upon.  While Darry wants the best for Ponyboy, he is often curt and blunt and has led Pony to think his older brother doesn't actually love him.  When Johnny and Ponyboy are looking for help after Johnny kills Bob, they head immediately for Dally.  Despite his less-than-pleasant personality, this is an area where Dally can help; running from the law is right up his alley, and he gives the boys money and instructions on how to leave the area.  One interesting tidbit about Dally--he blushes and looks embarrassed when it becomes apparent that Johnny and Pony thought he was in the bedroom with a girl.  He was actually asleep, and is a bit sheepish that they thought otherwise. 

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