What were the various reasons that the boys gave for fighting?

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In Chapter 9, Ponyboy begins to ask the boys in his gang the reasons why they like to fight before they square off against the Socs in the big rumble. Each of the boys names different reasons for why they like to fight. When Ponyboy asks Soda why he likes to fight, Soda says that he fights because it's action, and it's a contest. Soda compares fighting to drag racing and dancing, which are both fun and exciting. Steve tells Pony that he likes to fight because he can beat a Soc's head in. Steve likes to fight because he has a lot of hatred inside of him. Darry doesn't answer Ponyboy when he asks him why he likes to fight, but Soda says it's because he likes to show off his muscles. Ponyboy says that Darry fights for prideful reasons. Two-Bit tells Pony that he fights because "everyone fights." Ponyboy comments that Two-Bit's a conformist and chooses to fight because it's the "thing" to do. Ponyboy can't think of a good reason to fight, other than self-defense.