Who are the main characters in The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

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The main characters of The Outsiders are Ponyboy, Johnny, Darry, Sodapop, and Dally.

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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 never grow up at all. I don't know which way's the best. I'll find out one of these days."

In addition to the Curtis brothers, other main characters include Dallas Winston, described by Ponyboy as "the real character of the gang . . .  I used to like to draw his picture when he was in a dangerous mood, for then I could get his personality down in a few lines." Dallas, or Dally, is among the more hardened of the Greasers, and proves integral to the novel's evolution. It is Dallas who is instrumental in helping Ponyboy and another major character, Johnny, escape to the church that will prove fateful later in the story. Johnny is Ponyboy's best friend, and a child hardened by the beating he endured at the hands of rival Socs while retaining his youthful innocence and sensitivity. 

In addition to the above, other key characters are Cherry, a pretty Soc whose rapport with Ponyboy allows for a semblance of understanding and interaction across battle lines that helps each develop greater empathy for the other, Bob, Cherry's sometimes-boyfriend whose sadism, illustrated when he holds Ponyboy's head under water, prompting Johnny's killing of Bob, is more felt than seen, as Cherry discusses Bob's other, more compassionate side to Ponyboy following his death, and Two-Bit Mathews, another Greaser and "the oldest of the gang and the wisecracker of the bunch . . . famous for shoplifting and his black-handled switchblade." Two-Bit earned his moniker for his habit of always having to get "his two-bits worth" in any conversation.

There are obviously other characters in Hinton's novel, but these are the main ones around whom the story revolves.

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There are a host of guys whom Ponyboy hangs out with in the Greaser group. If we define the category "main characters" by those characters who have a significant effect on the plot and conflict, these are the characters I'd classify as the main characters:

Ponyboy: Ponyboy narrates the story and is its protagonist. His struggles to find peace with his older brother Darry are central to the plot, and he is also involved in the primary external conflict of the story: the ongoing battle with the Socs. When Johnny saves Pony's life by killing Bob, the two escape to avoid dealing with the police. While in hiding, Pony becomes an unlikely hero and then is devastated when his best friend dies.

Johnny: Johnny Cade is Pony's closest ally, always by his side in a fight. Johnny has a terrible home life, and Pony tries to find ways to give Johnny hope for a better future. The boys dream of living a simple life in the country, away from all the conflict they face. Johnny is seriously injured in the church fire, and his friends unite to keep his mother away from him in the hospital because of her toxic presence.

Darry: Pony's oldest brother is the guardian of Pony and Sodapop after their parents die in a car crash. Darry is both athletic and handsome, and Pony realizes that he has sacrificed his own future to care for his brothers. Darry struggles to be a guardian and lashes out at Pony in frustration, driving a wedge between them for most of the book.

Sodapop: The middle Curtis brother, Soda is known as carefree and humorous, always keeping things light. Pony assumes that Soda doesn't really have any troubles of his own and is shocked to learn near the end that Soda's girlfriend has become pregnant—and the baby isn't Soda's. She rejects Soda's offer to marry her, anyway. Soda hides all this from Pony.

Dally: A tough character, Dally is the one Johnny and Pony turn to when they need an escape plan. He eventually joins them at the church and even helps with the effort to save the kids. When Johnny dies, it is too much for Dally to take, and he orchestrates his own death.

There are many other characters, but I think these have the most direct impact on the plot. I hope this helps your analysis efforts!

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The main character in The Outsiders is Ponyboy Curtis, a sensitive teenage boy who is raised by his two older brothers, Sodapop and Darry after the deaths of his parents.  The Curtis boys belong to a gang of tough, street-smart boys known as greasers, because of their low socio-economic status and long, greasy hair.  The boys in the greaser gang look out for each other and are a tight-knit group, despite some of their differences. 

The beginning of The Outsiders really focuses on Ponyboy and Johnny Cade.  Johnny is the gang's most timid member, and even Ponyboy feels protective of him when he recalls how the Socs attacked Johnny in the past.  Ponyboy and Johnny turn to each other for help after the Socs pick a fight with them in the park, and ultimately have to depend on each other to escape the police as they go into hiding.

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Who are the main greasers in The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

In Chapter One of S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders, the first person narrator Ponyboy Curtis describes his "greaser" brothers and friends. The term greaser refers to the young men who live in the poorer part of the city, which is the setting of the novel (Hinton has admitted that the novel is based on her youth in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma). They are called greasers because they tend to wear their hair long and slicked back with plenty of hair gel. Ponyboy first introduces the reader to his brothers, Darry, the oldest, and Sodapop, the middle son. The three brothers recently lost their parents, and Darry acts as guardian to his brothers.

Darry is described as tall and muscular. He was once a very good athlete and excellent student in high school, but now works hard to keep his brothers together. He often clashes with the often dreamy and sometimes irresponsible Ponyboy. Sodapop is described as "movie star handsome" and Ponyboy idolizes him. Throughout the novel, Ponyboy compares his brothers, with Darry often being referred to unfavorably and Sodapop portrayed as more understanding. In the end, Ponyboy comes to the realization that Darry truly loves him and is just doing what he believes is best for his brother.  

Two important greasers in the novel are the wild and unpredictable Dally and the shy but lovable Johnny. Most of the plot revolves around Johnny's killing of a Soc and the later episode where Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally become heroes by saving several children from a burning church. Tragically, both Dally and Johnny will wind up dead by the end of the novel. The other two greasers often mentioned are Two-bit Mathews and Steve Randle, who are close friends of the Curtis brothers and loyal companions. 

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