Who are the main characters in S.E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders?

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The main characters in S.E. Hinton's novel of the conflict between the wealthy Socs and their adversaries on the opposite end of the socioeconomic spectrum, the Greasers, are the Curtis brothers, Darrel, Sodapop and Ponyboy. These three brothers, orphaned following their parents' death in an automobile accident, are struggling to stay together, but are in perpetual conflict with each other. Darrel, or Darry, is the oldest and is forced to act the role of parent to Ponyboy, the youngest, a 14-year-old teenager whose intelligence and sensitivity provides the perspective through which Hinton's story is told. Early in the opening chapter of The Outsiders, Ponyboy, the narrator, describes the three Curtis brothers as follows:

"Darry's gone through a lot in his twenty years, grown up too fast. Sodapop'll...

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