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

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Sodapop is the middle brother in the Curtis clan. Ponyboy is the youngest and Darry is the oldest. Sodapop dropped out of high school. When Ponyboy asks him why he did that, he responds that it's because he's dumb. He works at a gas station and is very content with...

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Sodapop is the middle brother in the Curtis clan. Ponyboy is the youngest and Darry is the oldest. Sodapop dropped out of high school. When Ponyboy asks him why he did that, he responds that it's because he's dumb. He works at a gas station and is very content with that lifestyle. Here is how Ponyboy describes Sodapop:

He has Dad's eyes, but Soda is one of a kind. He can get drunk in a drag race or dancing without ever getting near alcohol. In our neighborhood it's rare to find a kid who doesn't drink once in a while. But Soda never touches a drop--- he doesn't need to. He gets drunk on just plain living. And he understands everybody.

Sodapop only has one goal that is mentioned in the book. He is in love with a girl named Sandy. He wanted to marry her. She ended up getting pregnant and Sodapop wasn't the father. He wanted to marry her anyway according to Darry. But she headed off to Florida, and the letter Sodapop wrote to her returns to him unopened. This is all revealed in Chapter 12 of the novel. According to Darry, who is telling Ponyboy about it, it happened the same week that Ponyboy was in the hospital. Here is the text evidence that tells readers she was pregnant:

'When Sandy went to Florida... it wasn't Soda, Ponyboy. He told me he loved her, but I guess she didn't love him like he thought she did, because it wasn't him.

'You don't have to draw me a picture,' I said.

'He wanted to marry her anyway, but she just left.'

There is another desire of Sodapop's mentioned in the novel, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a goal. He had a strong bond with a horse he named Mickey Mouse. He didn't own the horse, but Ponyboy says that the horse was his because of the bond they had. The horse is sold and Soda is really upset about it. He always wanted a horse of his own according to Ponyboy, but because of the family's financial situation, it was more of a wish than a goal.

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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.

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