Outsider's Essay

by Derek, Age 13 , USA

Imagine running away with a friend who killed someone. In the novel, The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, Ponyboy, a member of the Greasers, runs away from the city to live his own way with his friend who killed Bob, a Soc. Through being determined, loyal, and different, Ponyboy is able to grow as a person.

One thing that helped Ponyboy grow as a person was to be determined.  Ponyboy was determined to save the kids from the burning church, Ponyboy writes, “We pushed open the door to the back room and found four or five little kids, about eight years old or younger, huddled in a corner. One was screaming his head off, and Johnny yelled, ‘Shut up! We’re goin’ to get you out!’” (92). This shows that Ponyboy was determined to save the kids from the fire with the help of Johnny, he shows it by ignoring Dally to get back in the car and forget about the kids. Another thing that shows that Ponyboy was determined was when Ponyboy srated to write about the “start of the book”, Pony writes, “And I decided I could tell people, begining with my English teacher. I wondered for a long how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me. And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. . .” (180). This shows that Ponyboy was determined to share his story to the whole city, state, etc. All of this proves that Ponyboy was determined for multiple reasons

Another thing that helped Ponyboy grow as a person was to be loyal to friends and family. Ponyboy was loyal to Dally by helping him beat up a guy who was beating Dally up, Ponyboy writes, “They were slugging it out, but Dallas got the worst of it, so I jumped on his Soc’s back, pulling his hair and pounding him” (144).  This shows that he was loyal to dally because he helped him out when he was getting a beating. Ponyboy also had to be loyal to Johnny’s death because he has to deal with a loss of a friend, Pony writes, “‘We won,’ Dally panted. ‘We beat the Socs. We stomped them-chased them outa our territory,’ Johnny didn’t even try to grin at him. ‘Useless. . .fighting’s no good. . .’ He was awful white. Dally licked his lips nervously. ‘They’re still writing editorials about you in the paper. For being a hero and all.’ He was talking too fast and to calmly. ‘Yeah, they’re calling you a hero now and heroizin’ all the greasers. We’re all proud of you, buddy’ Johnny’s eyes glowed. Dally was proud of him. That was all Johnny had ever wanted. ‘Ponyboy.’ I barely heard him. I came closer and leaned over to hear what he was going to say. ‘Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold. . .’ The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died” (148). This shows that Ponyboy had to deal with the loss of a friend but also be loyal to him by staying gold. All of this proves that Ponyboy was loyal to his family and friends.

The last thing that let Ponyboy grow as a person was to be different from all the rest. Ponyboy was able to wake up in the church and watch the sunrise, Pony writes, “One morning I woke up earlier than usual. Johnny and I slept huddled together for warmth-Dally had been right when he said it would get cold where we were going. Being careful not to wake Johnny up, I went to sit on the steps and smoke a cigarette. The dawn was coming then” (76). This proves that Ponyboy is different because he watches sunrises and sunsets. Another thing is that Pony has always wanted to live in the country, Pony says, “I loved the country, I wanted to be out of towns away from excitement” (48).This proves that Pony is different because he never really liked all the fighting between the Socs and the Greasers. All of this proves that Ponyboy is different and grows as a person.

All of this evidence proves that Ponyboy was able to grow as a person by being different, determined, and loyal. Ponyboy’s example show that being yourself can take you farther than someone who controls you.


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