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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the first paragraph of the novel, Ponyboy provides the reader with a description of his appearance. After stepping out of the movie theater, Pony mentions that he wishes he looked like Paul Newman. Pony then tells the reader that he has light brown "almost red" hair and greenish-gray eyes.

Pony also mentions that he has long hair, which is squared off in the back and kept long towards the front and sides of his head. Pony is initially proud of his long hair because it identifies him as a Greaser and makes him look tough. Later on in the novel, Pony expresses his displeasure at having to dye his hair blonde while hiding out in the abandoned church on Jay Mountain.

Pony is an attractive boy, but is not as good-looking as his older brother Sodapop. Ponyboy also describes himself as having a "pretty good build" for his size and is one of the smaller members of the Greaser gang. Ponyboy is also relatively fit and thin, unlike his muscular older brother Darry. Following his experience hiding out in Windrixville, Pony mentions that he lost a lot of weight and laments at the fact that his shirt no longer fits him tight.

thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the opening chapter, Ponyboy wishes that he resembled Paul Newman who has a tough look unlike himself. His hair is almost red in color and his eyes are greenish-grey although he wishes they were greyer because it so happens that most of the guys he dislikes have green eyes. He has longer hair than most boys that flows way beyond his chin’s length and which is kept long at the sides and front while the back is squared off. Based on his description, he is good looking but not as good looking as his brother Sodapop whom he says he has never encountered anyone more handsome. His body is smaller than a fourteen year olds body although he has a good build for his age.

cldbentley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the first page of The Outsiders, Ponyboy describes himself as having "light-brown, almost-red hair and greenish-gray eyes."  He does not consider himself good-looking and says that he "rarely bothers to get a haircut," which he considers normal.  He wears his hair "longer than a lot of boys wear theirs, squared off in back and long at the front and sides," which he also considers normal for the group he belongs to.  In addition, Ponyboy had a somewhat small, lean build that was an asset to him as a track runner, but made him an easier target for his enemies than some of the other members of his group.