What are some characteristics of Ponyboy in The Outsiders?

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Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator and protagonist of S.E. Hinton's classic story The Outsiders and is portrayed as an intuitive, sympathetic adolescent, who experiences trauma and matures into a wise individual with perspective. Unlike the other Greasers, Ponyboy is an intelligent teenager, who excels in the classroom and on the...

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Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator and protagonist of S.E. Hinton's classic story The Outsiders and is portrayed as an intuitive, sympathetic adolescent, who experiences trauma and matures into a wise individual with perspective. Unlike the other Greasers, Ponyboy is an intelligent teenager, who excels in the classroom and on the track. Ponyboy has an affinity for literature and reads aloud to Johnny Cade while they are hiding out in an abandoned church on Jay Mountain. Pony is also a sensitive boy, who resents the fact that he is marked lousy because he is a Greaser and desires to avoid being unfairly judged. Although Pony is initially naive, he demonstrates his open-minded, tolerant personality by befriending Cherry Valance and listening to her elaborate on her experiences as a Soc cheerleader. Pony also reveals that he is a courageous, loyal friend by hiding out with Johnny in the country, saving the children from a burning church, and participating in the rumble despite feeling extremely ill and exhausted. In addition to being sensitive, intelligent, and kind, Pony is also a resilient teenager. Pony experiences the traumatic deaths of his parents and two close friends but demonstrates his resolve by attempting to help other adolescents in similar situations by sharing his story.

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Ponyboy Curtis is a fourteen year old greaser living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a bright teenager who makes good grades at school and is a member of the track team. He loves to read, play football and go to the movies, which help him forget the troubles he has at home. Pony's parents were killed in a car crash, and he lives with his older brothers Darry and Sodapop. Pony is in constant conflict with Darry, who has been forced to take over as head of the household, and Pony resents the tight reins that Darry tries to maintain. Pony is sensitive and introspective, a dreamer who loves sunsets. Pony is a bit of a loner: His closest friends are mostly street toughs, such as Two-Bit Mathews and Dallas Winston; his best friend, however, is Johnny Cade, who is much like Pony and shares many of his interests. Pony has a few bad habits, like smoking cigarettes and  making rash decisions. "You don't ever think," Darry often tells him, and his big brother wonders why the most intelligent of the three brothers has no "common sense."

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