Ponyboy, the protagonist in the award winning book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, a boy of many sides. Ponyboy can have a soft friendly side that understands what’s going on. Or he has a mean dark side that will do whatever it takes to keep his family and his group together. Pony demonstrates many characteristics and emotions through out the novel. These characteristics show how Ponyboy grew as a character through out the whole book. He wants to understand why the socs and the greasers are separated into different classes, and doesn’t see the light until he meets Cherry Valance.
At the beginning, Ponyboy seems brave, young, and sweet. Pony meets a soc girl named Cherry and this is when I recognized his characteristics. Ponyboy is at a drive in movie when Dally wont leave Cherry alone. Pony is not the type of guy to stand in when one of his group members is trying to pick up another girl, but he cant take it anymore when Cherry asks Dally to stop several times. Ponyboy thinks that Cherry is a beautiful girl and wouldn’t want Dally to hurt her. Pony has a sweet personality that separates him from the rest of the greasers. Cherry sees through his tough look when Pony stands up for her and tells Dally to back off. Cherry sees the real side of Pony, the side that no one else sees. The side that likes to watch sunsets and really hates to fight. Through out that section of the book Ponyboy does not only seem sweet but he seems brave. You can tell that not many people mess with Dally. He is a rough and tough man that went to jail when he was only ten. But when Pony stands up for Cherry, and he backs down you understand that Ponyboy means business and is very brave. I think that Ponyboy stays brave through out the whole book.
Another characteristic that Pony could be described as, is understanding. Johnny and Ponyboy were never really the type of guys to just start talking to girls they didn’t know. But once they saw Cherry they...