In The Outsiders, what does Ponyboy mean when he says Soda "reminds me of a colt"?

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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At the beginning of Chapter Seven, Ponyboy says that Sodapop reminds him of a colt that is constantly getting its nose into everything. While the Curtis brothers are waiting in the hospital to hear how Dally and Johnny are doing, a group of reporters arrive and begin asking the boys questions. Ponyboy mentions that Sodapop keeps the reporters entertained by making silly jokes and pretending to interview the nurses. Sodapop's infectious energy and spontaneous behavior reminds Ponyboy of a colt. Colts are young male horses that are hard to tame and full of energy. They are also majestic, captivating creatures that people immediately notice. Sodapop's good looks, unpredictable behavior, and unrestrained energy are also qualities that he has in common with colts. Ponyboy comparing Sodapop to a colt accurately describes his energetic, handsome brother.

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I swear, sometimes he reminds me of a colt.

The above quote comes from chapter 7. The chapter starts off in the hospital, because Johnny and Dally are there in order to get their injuries from the fire taken care of. Reporters are all over the place trying to get the scoop on the story of a Greaser gang rescuing children from a burning church. Soda is loving every minute of the attention. He's showing off to the reporters and really strutting about in an attempt to soak up all of the limelight.

Ponyboy compares Soda to a colt, which is a young horse. Pony believes that a colt does the same thing as Soda is doing. They both try to get all of the attention that they can.

A long-legged palomino colt that has to get his nose into everything. The reporters stared at him admiringly.

Keep in mind that Soda is movie star handsome. Add that to his infectious energy, and people can't take their eyes off of him. That's what a young, beautiful horse does to people. You can't take your eyes off of such a pretty, majestic, and energetic animal.

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Ponyboy says that Soda "reminds [him] of a colt" because like a colt, Soda is young, playful and enjoys having fun.  He is lighthearted and spirited.

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