Why does Ponyboy love the country so much in The Outsiders?

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In The Outsiders, Ponyboy expresses great interest in living in the country. To Ponyboy, living in the country is an escapist fantasy to get away from the depressing and violent life that he lives in the city. The country symbolizes something pure and untouched by the cruel world of the city and its gangs.

When Ponyboy discusses his love of the country he also expresses a desire for his parents to still be alive and for Darry to lose his cold appearance. These two details of Ponyboy's country fantasy creates an almost heavenly portrayal of the country. There, Ponyboy believes, there will be no violence, only safety and love. He would have a dog and a pony, and he would read peacefully underneath a tree.

Ultimately, Ponyboy dreams of the country because he is afraid of the world he currently lives in. With parents who have passed away and a brother who is hardened by the streets, Ponyboy has little left to do other than fantasize about a better, more wholesome life.

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In chapter 3, Ponyboy lays on his back and speaks to Johnny about the country. Ponyboy mentions that he wishes to get out of the big town and live in the country with his family. He tells Johnny that he is sick of all the excitement and the constant danger in the city. Ponyboy would prefer to live in peace and comfort in the country. In Ponyboy's mind, the country is a tranquil place to relax, enjoy nature, and read a book. He does not like the congested atmosphere of the big town and prefers the wide open spaces. In Pony's perfect scenario, Sodapop would have his horse, Mickey, and his parents would be alive. He then begins to daydream about how his father would work side by side with Darry, and Johnny would join their family.

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