In the novel The Outsiders, Ponyboy Curtis makes many observations about his friends and family in comparison to the rival gang of their community, the Socs. Ponyboy's gang is the poor group of boys known as the Greasers. These boys grow up on the streets, and Ponyboy shares some of the lessons that he has learned from this lifestyle. He mentions that years of life on the streets teaches the Greasers to shut off their emotions and ignore negative feelings. This trait makes it difficult for the boys to express how they feel when they experience such hardships as losing their friends to gang violence. Growing up on the streets has also taught them to fight, steal, and take pride in their ability to remain cold and hard and look tough. As the novel progresses, Ponyboy realizes that while he has always admired the older Greasers for their toughness, it is not the type of person he wants to become. When Ponyboy states that growing up on the streets has taught him "all the wrong things," this demonstrates to the reader that he has matured enough to realize that being hard and tough are not qualities he wants to continue to foster in himself.