In "The Outsiders", hat do the Curtis brothers’ breakfast likes and dislikes symbolize?

In "The Outsiders", hat do the Curtis brothers’ breakfast likes and dislikes symbolize?

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In chapter 7, Pony describes what he and his brothers eat for breakfast each morning. Ponyboy mentions that he likes his eggs hard, while Darry prefers to have his eggs with bacon on a sandwich, and Sodapop enjoys his eggs with grape jelly. Pony also mentions that all his brothers eat chocolate cake for breakfast. Pony goes on to say that Darry drinks black coffee, while he and Sodapop enjoy having chocolate milk with their breakfast.

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gidget09 | Student

well i agree they did have alot of chocolate cake in the morning cause it was good

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matsuimoto | Student

i agree with the people above. it shows how darry allows his younger brothers compensate for losing thier parents and this shows that darry is being mature by helping his brothers get along

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rodriguezw | Student

I've always thought of Darry allowing Ponyboy and Sodapop to eat chocolate cake for breakfast was S.E. Hinton's way of showing the reader that although Darry has taken over the responsibility of being the parent in their family, he is still not very different from his brothers. 

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