Ponyboy's Journey- E. Conley
Socs vs. Greasers
The conflict Socs vs Greasers influences Ponyboy's development because the conflict causes a lot of problems, but also brings a different point of view of the Socs to Ponyboy. It causes problems because Ponyboy thinks about the Socs and their lives of being rich and starting fights compared to his own life. Ponyboy and the Greasers wouldn't have even be in trouble they're if Bob and the other 4 Socs didn't start the fight at the park. However, Ponyboy realizes that the Socs have it rough as well, and that all of the fighting is pointless.
Darry influences Ponyboy's character development because Ponyboy believes that Darry doesn't love him, but throughout the story, Ponyboy realizes that Darry is just trying to protect him. Darry challenges Ponyboy about school and being safe, but not Sodapop. Ponyboy thinks that Darry is trying to make life harder, so he resents Darry. Darry's actions make Ponyboy sad, but he realizes when that Darry just wants everyone to be safe. Ponyboy also realizes that Darry has it hard raising Soda at the same time while working 2 jobs.
Johnny influences Ponyboy because of all of the challenges they've faced together. Ponyboy was fairly close with Johhny, and he knew how hard Johnny had it at home. Johnny would always help Ponyboy, and when he killed Bob, he did the best he could to escape. When they went to save the children from the church, it made Ponyboy also realize that they had to choose the children over themselves. Johnny and Ponyboy got closer during the story, and when Johnny died, it made Ponyboy doubt that he was actually dead.
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