Introduction: In 'The Outsiders' by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy is the main character. In the beginning of the book Ponyboy was a little bit irresponsible, kind, and he was very innocent. Then, throughout the became a more confident, and less innocent person. The author S.E. Hinton use indirect and some direct characterization to describe how Ponyboy changes throughout the book.
(Beginning of the book) This example of indirect characterization comes from what Cherry Valence tells him "Ponyboy, your cute and kind, so why do run around with the old greasers?". This shows that Ponyboy is very kind, innocent, seems very young in the beginning of the story and it also shows how he was more friendly and more admired than the other members in his gang.
And you Johnny!
"Ponyboy, your cute and kind, so why do run around with the old greasers?"
(Beginning of the book) This example of indirect characterization shows that his brother Darry thinks he is irresponsible and needs to be less immature. I know this because he says "Where the heck have you been?! Do you know what time it is?!" And that shows that he is irresponsible and late, and young in the beginning of the book.
"Where the heck have you been?! Do you know what time it is?!"
"Im so sorry! I shouldn't have done that!"
(Middle/Ending of story) This example of direct characterization shows that Ponyboy has become more grown-up by making his own decisions) and less innocent. In this part of the book Ponyboy and Johnny were about to get beat up by the Socs, but then Johnny got scared so he stabbed and killed one of them with a knife. They had to run away so they wouldn't get caught. And Ponyboy says "I cant believe that we are running away, Johnny." That shows even Ponyboy was surprised with his actions. This shows that Ponyboy is less innocent and more daring.
"I cant believe that we are running away, Johnny."
(Middle/Ending of book) At this moment of indirect characterization Johnny says "Stay gold ponyboy, stay gold." and that means he wants Ponyboy to stay the same and keep being a bold, tough, and kind person. This changed Ponyboy because after this Ponyboy because he was exposed to more things and less innocent. For example he saw Dally get shot, Bob (A Soc) get stabbed to death, and Johnny get burned to death.
"Stay gold ponyboy, stay gold."
In conclusion Ponyboy is the main character in S.E. Hinton's 'The Outsiders'. In the beginning of the book Ponyboy was very innocent and a very young irresponsible kid. He had changed through out the book by becoming less innocent and more grown-up (Making more decisions by himself and being more responsible for his actions). Lastly the author used the method of indirect characterization to describe Ponyboy's actions and traits.