There are some similarities between the Greasers and the Socs. . The Socs like listening to the Beetles and supposedly live carefree lives. He is ''movie star handsome'' and easy-going. The reader is able to see the changes in Pony's viewpoints as he is dealing with many issues that are common in an adolescent's life. So he is sensitive to any behavior on Ponyboy and Soda's part which could be construed as problematic. He also tries to help Ponyboy in the courts, because deep down he is a good person.
She, in an effort to help the greasers, gives them the plans of the Socs, before the big fight between them and the greasers. They hide out for a week, and then Dally comes to find them. Out of friendship, Randy comes to visit Pony while he is sick. One night as Darry and Ponyboy are fighting he runs from the house. They also like to wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks.
As Johnny points out in the iconic scene in which they watch the sunrise, Ponyboy notices elements of life like the color of the sky, and is able to appreciate the goodness of life. He never knew any good in his short span of life and had no role models to help him escape his life of crime. Bob Sheldon Cherry's boyfriend, who pressures her to do things she doesn't want to do, and continually disrespects her. He eats sloppily, and hoots and hollers aggressively. While they're with Johnny, though, their feelings of triumph quickly fade—Johnny dies.
Then when Johnny is admitted to the hospital after the fire, he again wants to know if his parents have asked about him. Ponyboy is a good kid caught in a bad situation. Disturbed over the deaths of Bob, Johnny, and Dally, he cannot get his life together; he has trouble eating, sleeping, concentrating, doing schoolwork, or accepting that Johnny is dead. And that's worse than dead. The story explores the themes of class conflict, affection, brotherly love, and coming of age in a way that young people readily appreciate. At the beginning, he feels that no one in his life loves him, but the gang saying they love him and are eke family to him. It was the principle of the thing.
There is always something going on. During their hide-out in the abandoned church, Johnny and Pony become very close. These occasions get Pony into trouble that he could avoid. He dies the same night as Johnny does, which causes even more emotional distress for Ponyboy. When his mother finally shows up at the hospital, shortly before he dies, Johnny thinks it is too late and refuses to see her. The most powerful issue is that life is not fair. When Dally comes to visit him and Pony at their hide-out in the church, he wants to know if his parents have been worried about him.
In the hospital, it is obvious that he is close to death. His East Side neighborhood is patrolled by bullying Socials, rich kids from the West Side of town. At the end of the book, Pony has emerged from his voyage of self-discovery as a much better person. For example, when Ponyboy was walking through the park, and three socs came out of the bushes and jumped him. In fact, the only thing that he seems to be honest about is automobile racing, which he enters and wins fairly. The reader has to go beneath the surface in order to appreciate and understand Dally.
The stereotypes of east-side Greasers as low-class criminals and west-side Socs as spoiled-rotten, rich kids with no empathy for others are challenged in the novel The Outsiders as S. Despite being a hardened young man who used to run with real gangs in New York, he does not subscribe to the same greasy appearance as his friends. In the beginning of the story, Johnny is a sad little boy. He does testify at the court hearing in Ponyboy's defense, saying Bob was drunk and Johnny was responsible for Bob's death. Later, Ponyboy and Johnny fall asleep in the vacant lot. The Socs are the rich kids from the West side of town, who like to beat up the greasers.
There was a silent moment when everything held its breath, and then the sun rose. He is also a wise-cracking shoplifter, who carries around a black handled switchblade. Dally lies, cheats, steals, and fights. He lives in constant fear of something bad happening to him even though he has his whole gang supporting him and preventing him from committing suicide In the middle of the book, Johnny tells Dally to stop harassing the Socs girls. Since the death of his parents, Ponyboy has lived with his brothers Darry and Sodapop.
He takes it upon himself to make their deaths mean something. The combination of abuse at home and violence between the Greasers and the Socs have left him jumpy and ''scared of his own shadow. The writing is clear and easy to understand. When Johnny is in the hospital and dying, Pony is again speechless with fear. They walk to the park and a gang of Socials, including Randy and Bob, attack them. I began reading the foreword and introduction so that I could get background information on the book and what it will be about.