What are three conflicts for Sodapop in the book The Outsiders? Provide one direct quote for each conflict.

In The Outsiders, Sodapop experiences a conflict regarding the health and well-being of Pony when he skips town and hides from the authorities with Johnny. Soda is worried about his youngest brother and fears for his safety. Soda also experiences a conflict with Darry and Pony when he is forced to act as an intermediary to prevent them from constantly fighting. Soda experiences another conflict involving Sandy when he discovers that she cheated on him and has moved to Florida.

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One of the major conflicts Soda faces in the novel concerns how to cope with Pony's absence following the death of Bob Sheldon. After Johnny stabbed Bob Sheldon in self-defense, he and Pony sought Dally 's advice and skipped town. When Dally visits Pony and Johnny in Windrixville, he gives...

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One of the major conflicts Soda faces in the novel concerns how to cope with Pony's absence following the death of Bob Sheldon. After Johnny stabbed Bob Sheldon in self-defense, he and Pony sought Dally's advice and skipped town. When Dally visits Pony and Johnny in Windrixville, he gives him a letter from Soda. Soda reveals his anxiety, fear, and anguish regarding his younger brother's serious situation in the letter to Pony by writing,
Well I guess you got into some trouble, huh? Darry and me nearly went nuts when you ran out like that. Darry is awful sorry he hit you. You know he didn't mean it. And then you and Johnny turned up missing and what with that dead kid in the park and Dally getting hauled into the station, well it scared us something awful.
At this point in the story, Soda is worried about Pony's well-being and scared that his younger brother is in trouble with the police.
Another significant conflict Soda faces in the novel concerns his relationship with Darry and Pony. Soda is forced to play the role of intermediary and struggles to help his brothers get along. Toward the end of chapter 1, Soda attempts to comfort Pony and assures him that Darry means well by saying,
Listen, kiddo, when Darry hollers at you ... he don't mean nothin'. He's just got more worries than somebody his age ought to. Don't take him serious ... you dig, Pony? Don't let him bug you. He's really proud of you 'cause you're so brainy. It's just because you're the baby—I mean, he loves you a lot. Savvy?
Soda also experiences a conflict involving his girlfriend Sandy. Soda is deeply in love with Sandy and plans on marrying her. However, Sandy's parents do not approve of him, and she becomes pregnant with another person's child. In addition to discovering that Sandy has been cheating on him and is pregnant with another person's child, Soda also learns that she is moving to Florida. In chapter 12, Darry explains Soda's conflict by telling Pony,
When Sandy went to Florida ... it wasn't Soda, Ponyboy. He told me he loved her, but I guess she didn't love him like he thought she did, because it wasn't him ... He wanted to marry her anyway, but she just left.
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Soda is an easygoing and happy-go-lucky type of guy, but he does find himself mediating the conflicts around him:

Darry and Ponyboy

As the middle brother between these two, Sodapop often finds that he is stuck smoothing things over when his brothers begin arguing. Soda is insightful in realizing that the three of them have to stick together following their parents's deaths and wants them to realize it, too. He tells his brothers, "We're all we've got left. We ought to be able to stick together against anything. If we don't have each other, we don't have anything" (Chapter 12).

Sandy

Sandy is Soda's girl, but her parents don't really like him. That's a source of conflict in itself, but this is further complicated near the end of the novel. Darry tells Ponyboy that not only is Sandy pregnant, but the baby isn't Soda's:

He told me he loved her, but I guess she didn't love him the way he thought she did, because it wasn't him. (Chapter 12)

Showing true character, Soda offers to marry her anyway. Sandy refuses and moves away. Soda must be crushed, but he never unloads all this conflict on Pony since Pony has so much going on himself.

The Socs

Soda's largest source of conflict is dealing with the Soc gang. Not only do they seem to have everything materialistically, but they want to antagonize the Greasers like Sodapop as well. This conflict is not only difficult for him personally, but also difficult in protecting his younger brother: "Leave my kid brother alone, you hear! It ain't his fault he likes to go to the movies, and it ain't his fault the Socs like to jump us, and if he had been good at carryin' a blade it would have been a good excuse to cut him to ribbons" (Chapter 1).

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SODA THE INTERMEDIARY.  Sodapop always sticks up for Ponyboy during his fights with Darry, and this creates conflicts between Darry and Soda as a result. Pony is usually guilty of something when Darry attempts to discuss the situation or punish him, but Soda takes up for Pony regardless of the reason. When Soda tries to defend Pony when he comes home late on the night of Bob Sheldon's death, Darry switches his anger to Soda.

     "Darry...," Sodapop began, but Darry turned on him. "You keep your trap shut! I'm sick and tired of hearin' you stick up for him."

SANDY.  Soda is in love with Sandy, who he has been seeing for a while, and they often double-date with Steve and his girlfriend. But Sandy soon decides to move to Florida, and Soda discovers it is because she is pregnant. Soda wants to marry her, and he sends her many letters which are returned unopened. Soda finds out that the baby is not his--Sandy has been cheating on him. Darry explains it to Pony, who is unaware of Soda's predicament:

     "When Sandy went to Florida... it wasn't Soda, Ponyboy. He told me he loved her, but I guess she didn't love him like he thought she did, because it wasn't him...
     "He cried every night that week you were gone," Darry said slowly. "Both you and Sandy in the same week."

SODA THE DROPOUT.  Soda is a high school dropout, and he works in the local DX gas station. Although Soda seems to be happy with his decision, it doesn't sit well with Pony, nor does it serve as a good example for his younger brother. When Cherry Valance asks why she never sees Soda at school, Pony

... winced inside. I've told you I can't stand it that Soda dropped out. "He's a dropout," I said roughly. "Dropout" made me think of some poor dumb-looking hoodlum wandering the streets breaking out street lights--it didn't fit my happy-go-lucky brother at all.

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