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In The Outsiders what does Ponyboy value? 

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Ponyboy values his brothers, fellow members of the Greaser gang, and the countless number of adolescents throughout the country who struggle to be accepted by society. Since Ponyboy's parents died in a tragic car accident, his two brothers are the only members of his immediate family still alive. Despite his altercations with Darry, Ponyboy cherishes and appreciates his oldest brother enough to repair their relationship. Ponyboy also loves Sodapop and feels comfortable confiding in him. The members of the Greaser gang act as Pony's extended family, and he values his relationship with each member, particularly Johnny. While Pony and Johnny are hiding out on Jay Mountain, he grows closer to Johnny and the two boys develop a lasting bond. Ponyboy also learns to appreciate and value Dally, who is the most callous, reckless member of the gang. Following the traumatic deaths of Johnny and Dally, Ponyboy thinks about the numerous boys throughout the country in similar situations. He values and cares about the adolescents who are considered "hoods" and have a bleak future, which is why he ends up writing the novel to give them hope.

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Ponyboy values family and friendship.  He is actually a very sensitive young man.  His family is quite unorthodox, since his parents are dead.  So his brothers are important to him.  Likewise, Ponyboy’s friends and gang, the Greasers, are also important to him.  The Greasers are more of a socioeconomic distinction than anything else.

Unlike other Greasers, Ponyboy values dreams.  He is interested in books and movies.  He likes to imagine another life.  Being in a gang is not the most important thing to Ponyboy.  It is about survival as much as identity.  However, it is an irrevocable part of his identity.  When he meets Cherry, he begins to wonder how important class distinction really is.

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He values Johnny and the other members of the gang.