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Character Analysis of Sodapop: The brother that makes everyone laugh

by Paul, Age 12 , Grade 7, South East Junior High, Iowa City, IOWA USA
Teacher: Mr. Keller-Wilson

Imagine a world where teenagers are divided into two groups, Greasers and Socs. Greasers is a version of a hood, tough as nails, with black leather jackets and cigarettes hang out of their mouth. Boys who carried knives and who would fight with broken bottles, knives, or just their fists. The other group is the opposite, rich kids with cool cars like mustangs, Porsches, Shelby Cobras, and sting rays. Teens who blow daddy’s money like there is no tomorrow. Kids with ski jackets and beer blasts. This was the case in the 1960’s and the book the The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Sodapop is the main character's older brother and is a greaser and Soda has a eccentric personality even in a bad situation. Sodapop is able to mentally overcome unfairness because he has grown up to be mischievous, easygoing, and lively.

Sodapop is able to mentally overcome unfairness because he has grown up to be very mischievous, when he is in the hospital with Ponyboy and Darry,

“Sodapop kept them [Reporters and police] in stitches. He’d grab one guy’s hat and another's camera and walk around interviewing the nurses and mimicking TV reporters. He tried to lift a policeman's gun and grined so crazily when he was caught that the policeman had to grin too.” (Page 100 and 101)Here he messes around because he is stressed out because two of his friends are in the hospital and his brother was just in the hospital.  This is also in the hospital. Ponyboy writes, “I swear, sometimes he reminds me of a colt. A long-legged palomino colt that has to get his nose into everything.” (Page 101)

This is a metaphor Ponyboy gave Soda at the hospital when he is stressed out. This is google's definition of a colt: “a young, uncastrated male horse, in particular one less than four years old”, this is a perfect metaphor for Sodapop. To sum it up, Sodapop avoids unfairness because he has become mischievous and messes around.

Sodapop is able to mentally overcome unfairness because he has grown up to be very easygoing. When Ponyboy, Sodapop’s little brother, is in bed sick and Darry Sodapop’s older brother is talking to him about the cleanliness of the house, “‘Well, golly, I can’t pick it up and Soda doesn’t, so I guess that leaves you [Darry]’” This shows that no one expects Sodapop to clean up anything. Sodapop is a dropout, and is sixteen when all three brothers Sodapop, Ponyboy, and Darry, are talking about Ponyboy’s injury and how he will be out next season Sodapop does not care Ponyboy writes “Soda never has grasped the importance Darry and I put on athletics. Like he never has understood why we went all out for studying.” Here Sodapop does not overcome unfairness instead he protcts himself from it by knowing that he does not have the skills to succeed so he does not try and here is one of the situations where it is ok not to try, if he did he would but put down because he is not fast or smart or strong. All together you can see that sodapop avoids unfairness through being easygoing.

Sodapop is able to mentally overcome unfairness because he has grown up to be very lively. When the gang (minus Dally and Johnny) is leaving the rumble everyone is doing flips Ponyboy recalls, “It [Acrobatics] also got Two-Bit and Soda jailed once. They were doing mid-air flips down a downtown sidewalk, walking on their hands, and otherwise disturbing the public and the police. Leave it to those two to pull something like that.”Here Soda goes to jail because he was just trying to have fun but because he is a greaser he gets arrested, you can see why he tries to have fun.(Ponyboy has just been hurt) When Sodapop’s brothers Ponyboy and Darry are talking Sodapop runs in,

“‘Hey Ponyboy’ he yelped, and leaped for me, but Darry caught him.

‘No rough stuff, little buddy’”So Soda had to content himself with bouncing up and down on the bed and pounding my shoulder.You can see here that Soda can hardly contain himself and is excited he focuses on the good thing Ponyboy is home and not the bad thing, a good friend of theirs might get the electric chair for murder. This proves that Sodapop is lively to avoid the misjustice of his home town.

With all these examples you can clearly see that Sodapop mentally overcomes unfairness through being rascally, carefree, and energetic. Therefore you can see that have these qualities can help anyone escape an unfair situation and if you try you can get out of anything.

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