What are some quotes showing "friendship, loyalty, bravery, heroes" in the novel The Outsiders?    

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Friendship: As Johnny lies near death in the hospital, Pony comes back to visit him. Pony sees that his friend is weak and pale, and the nurses have made ominous statements about how poor Johnny's condition is. Trying to comfort him, Pony makes this statement in chapter 8:

"You'll be okay," I said with fake cheerfulness. "You gotta be. We couldn't get along without you."


The truth of that last statement hit me. We couldn't get along without him. We needed Johnny as much as he needed the gang. And for the same reason.

The gang is the only family Johnny has; his own parents are abusive and don't show any real concern about him being hospitalized with a broken back. Pony knows that their gang couldn't be the same with Johnny missing. He is an integral part of their circle. They need each other because they all depend on each other. This friendship is faithful to the very end.

Loyalty: Pony and Darry have a tough relationship. Darry is placed in a difficult position taking care of his younger brothers following their parents' death, and he's trying to find his way through this territory, making plenty of mistakes along the way. In chapter 8, Pony has a realization about Darry:

In spite of not having much money, the only reason Darry couldn't be a Soc was us. The gang. Me and Soda. Darry was too smart to be a greaser. I don't know how I knew, I just did. And I was kind of sorry.

Darry could live a different life. He's smart, athletic, handsome—all the traits Socs have except money. Pony realizes that Darry could be accepted into their world with all of its advantages, enjoying a better social standing and more opportunities. Yet he is loyal to his family and friends, remaining close to their group instead of choosing the path that would likely benefit him more personally.

Bravery: In chapter 6 when Pony, Johnny, and Dally are in the midst of rescuing the kids from the burning church, they risk their lives to make sure everyone gets out okay:

I didn't pay any attention, although pieces of the old roof were crashing down too close for comfort. I snatched up another kid, hoping he didn't bite, and dropped him without waiting to see if he landed okay or not. I was coughing so hard I could hardly stand up, and I wished I had time to take off Dally's jacket. It was hot. We dropped the last of the kids out as the front of the church started to crumble.

This story would have had a completely different ending without the brave and speedy actions of the three friends.

Heroes: After the rescue, the boys find a favor that they have never experienced before as Greasers. Pony is astounded at the headlines they generate in the newspaper:

I stared at the newspaper. On the front page of the second section was the headline: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES.


"What I like is the 'turn' bit," Two-Bit said, cleaning the egg up off the floor. "Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden."

Two-Bit makes an insightful comment about heroism. Some people have innate heroism within them, waiting for an opportunity to demonstrate it. In various parts of the plot, the boys show forms of heroism that are invisible to the outside world until the fire at the church. Two-Bit notes that they have always been heroic—but the outside world stereotyped them as "delinquents" until this fateful day.

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Friendship: The Greasers always look out for each other throughout the novel. The majority of Greasers have a rough home life, and Ponyboy explains why his family always welcomes friends into their home by saying,

"Our front door is always unlocked in case one of the boys is hacked off at his parents and needs a place to lay over and cool off" (Hinton 89).

The Curtis brothers sympathize with their friends' difficult situations and choose to leave their door unlocked at all times to help their friends out.

In Chapter 8, Ponyboy and Two-Bit visit Johnny while he is in the hospital. Johnny is very weak, and Ponyboy struggles to find something positive to say about the situation. Ponyboy tells Johnny that he has repaired his relationship with Darry and that Dally is okay. Ponyboy comments on his relationship with Johnny by saying,

"We had always been close buddies, and those lonely days in the church strengthened our friendship" (Hinton 102).

While Johnny and Ponyboy were hiding out in Windrixville, they became close friends. They shared several moments while reading Gone With the Wind and watching the sunset.

Loyalty: In Chapter 5, Johnny and Ponyboy are hiding out in the abandoned church reading Gone With the Wind. Johnny mentions that the Southern gentlemen impressed him and reminded him of Dally. Ponyboy is startled because Dally lacks manners. Johnny says,

"but one night I saw Dally gettin' picked up by the fuzz, and he kept real cool and calm the whole time. They was gettin' him for breakin' out the windows in the school building, and it was Two-Bit who did that. And Dally knew it. But he just took the sentence without battin' an eye or even denyin' it. That's gallant" (Hinton 65).

Dally's decision to stick up for his friend and take the blame for something he didn't do portrays his loyalty.

Bravery: While Ponyboy is riding in the back of the ambulance after rescuing several children from the burning church, Jerry says to him,

"I swear, you three are the bravest kids I've seen in a long time. First you and the black haired kid climbing in that window, and then the tough-looking kid going back in to save him. Mrs. O'Briant and I think you were sent straight from heaven" (Hinton 81).

Ponyboy and Johnny were brave for risking their lives to save the trapped children, and Jerry recognizes and appreciates their courage.

Heroes: When Ponyboy finally understands Johnny's "hero-worship" for Dally, he begins to think of Sodapop, Two-Bit, and Darry. Pony says,

"But I realized that these three appealed to me because they were like the heroes in the novels I read" (Hinton 66).

In Ponyboy's eyes, all three boys have unique character traits like the heroes he read about.

After reading the newspaper headline that dubbed Johnny and Ponyboy "heroes," Two-Bit comments,

"Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden" (Hinton 90).

Two-Bit realizes that both of his friends had already been heroes for helping each other out, surviving tough times, and overcoming many obstacles.

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