Who does Ponyboy love more in The Outsiders: Soda or Darry? Why?
Throughout the early chapters of Susan E. Hinton's teen novel, The Outsiders, Ponyboy's narration clearly states that Sodapop is his favorite brother. Sodapop is easy-going and even-tempered, unlike the more serious and hot-headed Darry. Soda always listens to Ponyboy and never demeans him, and Ponyboy admires his movie star looks and popularity with the opposite sex. Darry treats Ponyboy more harshly, and the two often have angry words; but Darry has little choice, since he is serving as the legal adult guardian of the two younger brothers since the death of their parents. He scolds Ponyboy for not thinking clearly and acting rashly. He chastises him for walking alone from the movies and for coming home at 2 a.m. However, Darry does this out of love for his little brother, who he fears will be lost to him just as his parents were. Ponyboy eventually comes to realize that Darry loves him just as much as Soda, and he finally returns the love of his adult brother.