The Outsiders

What do you know about Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry?

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The main thing we learn about the brothers is that they lost their parents in an accident, and they've been making do ever since. Darry has taken over as the head of the family and gave up his own dreams to keep his family together.


The narrator of [I]The Outsiders, Ponyboy is fourteen years old and a greaser. He has "light-brown, almost-red hair and greenish-gray eyes," and wears his hair "longer than a lot of boys wear theirs, squared off in the back and long at the front and sides."


Ponyboy's second-oldest brother, who is sixteen. Ponyboy describes him as "always happy-go-lucky and grinning." He is extraordinarily handsome with a "finely drawn, sensitive face that somehow manages to be reckless and thoughtful at the same time."


Ponyboy's oldest brother, who is twenty. He works as a roofer. Ponyboy describes him as someone who is "hard and firm and rarely grins at all," in contrast to Soda. He has "grown up too fast." He was the captain of the football team in high school and won a college scholarship, but had to work to take care of the family.