What was Sodapop's goal in The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

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Throughout the novel, Sodapop is a happy-go-lucky character who dropped out of high school to work at a gas station. Many females find Soda attractive, but he is in a relationship with a girl named Sandy who he wishes to marry. Unfortunately for Soda, Sandy's parents disapprove of their daughter marrying Soda, and she moves to Florida. Soda is devastated to find out the love of his life moved and didn't feel the same way about him. In my opinion, Sodapop's goal was to marry Sandy and start a family with her. Another issue that bothers Sodapop throughout the novel is Darry and Ponyboy's confrontational relationship. Soda supports both Pony and Darry and cannot stand to watch them fight. Another goal of Sodapop's would be to repair Darry and Pony's relationship.