What are the characteristics of Ponyboy in The Outsiders?
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Ponyboy has many strong characteristics in The Outsiders that make him a character with whom the reader can both identify and empathize. Ponyboy is smart, preferring to read classic novels and take honors classes in high school. He also proves himself to be a loyal friend to Johnny, defending him and eventully running with him after Bob's death. Hinton also characterizes Ponyboy as being brave and unselfish through his actions to save the children in the burning church; he goes in after them with little thought to his own safety. In the end, Ponyboy is also vulnerable; Johnny and Dally's death have made an indelible impression on him, and he struggles with his own feelings of guilt and depression.