Who grows up the most in The Outsiders book?its in the book called The Outsiders

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is actually a tough question to answer. It would be easy to say Ponyboy after all he goes through during the novel. The youngest member of his greaser gane, he witnesses the death of three boys during the story. He is nearly killed at least three times--in the park, in the church fire, and in the rumble. He has had to flee from his friends and family, endure the possibility of being placed in a boys' home, and worry about being charged in the death of Bob. In the end, Pony seems to have reconciled with his actions and his guilty conscience, and he seems ready to resume life and school again. So, I would say Pony has been forced to grow up more than any of the others.

But he is not alone.

  • Johnny goes through much of what Pony had to endure. He stands up to Dally several times and makes the critical decision to risk his life for the children caught in the church fire.
  • Darry has to endure the guilt and worry about Ponyboy after he goes on the run. He has to absorb the guilt that he has not been strict enough with his brother, and that he may be the cause of an eventual split if Pony and Soda are sent to a boys' home.
  • Soda has to deal with Pony's absence as well as the split with his girlfriend.
  • Dally grows even wiser beyond his years, dealing alone with the knowledge of the boys' escape to Jay Mountain; following Pony and Johnny into the fire; recuperating in the hospital; and then watching his best friend, Johnny, die.