Sodapop - the Outsiders Essay

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The Ousiders Essay - Sodapop Curtis In S.E Hinton's novel, The Outsiders, there are many themes represented in the book, but one of the main themes is social ostracism, or the conflict between the economic classes. There are two rival gangs within The Outsiders: the Socs and the Greasers. The Socs represent the upper class while the Greasers represent the lower class. The Socs, "jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next." The Greasers, who are on the low social economic side, "steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in …show more content…
He is a very outgoing, happy person, who sees the good in everything, and we recognize this more as we get further into the novel. When Ponyboy provides insight into Soda’s personality, he says, “he’s always happy-go-lucky and grinning... Sodapop’ll never grow up at all.” (Page 7) It is clear to us, that Soda loves being free and having a good time. There is a moment, where Ponyboy sums up Sodapop’s whole personality in a few words, saying, “I had to grin at him – Soda can make you grin no matter what. I guess it’s because he’s always grinning so much himself.” (Page 12) We instantly know that Soda always sees the bright side of things, and doesn’t ‘sweat the small stuff.’ Being free is very important as if Soda wasn't, he would not have his optimistic personality and would be burdened immensely. Respect is a very important ideal that Sodapop conveys through his personality. Soda is someone who his friends confide in, quite a lot throughout the novel, and we begin to see him as a very wise person, who has a lot of advice to give. There is one incident, where he and Ponyboy are lying in bed, when Soda says, “When Darry hollers at you... he don’t mean nothin’. He’s just got more worries than somebody his age ought to... It’s just because you’re the baby – I mean, he loves you a lot. Savvy?” (Page 18) This is Soda’s attempt to make peace between Darry and Ponyboy, and his advice is a treasured tool that Ponyboy finds very

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