What textual evidence from The Outsiders proves that Sodapop is outgoing? 

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Throughout the novel The Outsiders, it becomes evident that Sodapop is a very social, outgoing person with a huge personality. He can be characterized as handsome, smart, athletic, and hardworking, which make him a very well-rounded individual. On page 2, Ponyboy describes him as " always happy-go-lucky and grinning." The only problem is that he has a tendency to focus on the social aspect of his life rather than his long-term goals and objectives. This can be seen in his interactions with the other characters in the book. For example, there is a scene in Chapter 9 where the Greasers are planning on rumbling with the Soc's, and Sodapop's reaction to that is this: "...I'm a menace to society! Man do I have fun!" This exclamation portrays a kid who is both very excited to be alive, and extremely confident in his demeanor. He is a the type of person who easily rallies people around him. Everything is a party to Sodapop. His outgoing nature can also be seen in how others view him. On page 42, it says "He likes Soda--everybody likes Soda-- but he can't stand me." This quote demonstrates how likable Soda is to everybody, including people outside of their immediate friend group. He has amassed quite the following, and his outgoing nature makes him a popular guy.