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The Outsiders Character Sketches

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Transcript of The Outsiders Character Sketches

Ponyboy Curtis Sherri "Cherry" Valance By Danielle Donnelly
and Roy Williams The Outsiders
Character Sketches Johnny Cade Bob Sheldon Hair Color: Light brown
Eye Color: Greenish grey
Age: Fourteen
Distinguishing Features: Long greasy hair
Clothes: Leather jackets, t-shirts, jeans, etc; tough looking clothes Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark
Age: Sixteen
Distinguishing Features: A large scar going down his cheek
Clothes: Leather jackets, t-shirts, jeans, etc; tough looking clothes Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Green
Age: Sixteen
Distinguishing Features: Long red hair
Clothes: "Soc" clothing; expensive and sharp-looking stuff, etc. Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: N/A
Age: Seventeen
Distinguishing Features: Three rings that he wears on his fingers
Clothes: Expensive clothing, jackets, etc. What the character says: (Page 115)
"'Greaser' didn't have anything to do with it. My buddy over there would have done the same thing, maybe a friend of yours wouldn't have. It's the individual." What the words show:
This is a conversation that Pony has with Randy after the fire incident. It shows that people should be judged as individuals, not by whatever social class they're in. What the character says: (Page 57)
"We gotta get out of here. Get somewhere. Run away. The police'll be here soon." What the words show:
Ponyboy is scared that he and Johnny will be caught by the police after Bob is murdered (by Johnny) What the character does: (Page 93)
"I picked up a kid, and he promptly bit me, but I leaned out the window and dropped him as gently as I could." What the actions show:
Ponyboy tries his best and risks his life in a fire to save the kids that are trapped in the church. What the character does: (Page 1)
"I had a long walk home and no company, but I usually lone it anyways..." What the actions show:
Ponyboy walks home alone from the movies, and later regrets it. He has a hard time thinking and using his head. What the character says: (Page 34)
"I'll bet you think Socs have it made...We have troubles you've never even heard of...Things are rough all over." What the words show:
The words show that Socs are human too and they have troubles just like the greasers do. What the character says: (Page 38)
"No, it's not just money. Part of it is, but not all." What the words show:
Cherry was saying how it wasn't just money that separated the Greasers and the Socs. She later goes on to explain how it's mainly about their values. What the character says: (Page 51)
"It ain't the same as having your own folks caring about you." What the words show:
Even with all the support that the greasers give him, Johnny still would rather have his parents care about him instead. He wants his parents to love him. What the character thinks/feels : (Page 3)
"[Referring to greasers] We're poorer than the Socs and the middle class. I reckon we're wilder, too." What the thoughts and feelings show:
The thoughts show that Ponyboy is considered wild and is poor because of his class; a greaser. What the character thinks/feels : (Page 36)
"I really couldn't see what Socs would have to sweat about - good grades, good cars, good girls ... - Man, I thought, if I had worries like that, I'd consider myself lucky ... I know better now." What the thoughts and feelings show:
Pony realizes that it's not only greasers that have a rough time. Socs have their own troubles too. What the character says: (Page 148 )
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold." What the character does: (Page 56)
He killed Bob, who was drowning Ponyboy.
"You really killed him huh?" "Yea!" What the actions show:
Johnny killed Bob with his switchblade, after the Soc had tried to drown Pony. He did it in defense for his friend. What the words show:
Johnny is referencing to the poem that Ponyboy had read to him earlier. He tells Pony to stay gold because he wants him to continue living as he is. He doesn't want Pony to become vicious like some of the other greasers and Socs do. He wants Pony to continue acting like himself. What the character does: (Page 24)
"...[Dally] started to put his arm around her [Cherry], but Johnny reached over and stopped him." What the actions show:
Despite Johnny's quiet and intimidated nature, he stands up to Dally when he picks on Cherry. What the character thinks/feels:
Johnny expresses his emotions to Pony in a letter for him.
"When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be." What the thoughts and feelings show:
Johnny feels the need to tell Ponyboy to stay optimistic and youthful. He explains how Pony should keep up his spirits, even though Johnny only gets to tell him this through a letter. What the character thinks/feels: (Page 33-34)
"Johnny was high-strung anyway, a nervous wreck from getting belted every time he turned around and from hearing his parents fight all the time ... it was killing Johnny." What the thoughts and feelings show:
The way Johnny is described shows his feelings towards life. He is extremely upset about how he is treated, but unlike a lot of people in the world would; he doesn't turn bitter or vengeful. What the character thinks/feels: (Page 30)
"Cherry had said that she wouldn't drink Dally's Coke if she was starving, and she meant it." What the thoughts and feelings show:
Cherry did not like being disrespected by Dally, and she refused to have the drink he brought her. Even if it seemed stubborn, Cherry didn't want to have any Coke since Dally was the one who had bought it. What the character does: (Page 24)
"[Cherry] gave him [Dally] an incredulous look; and then she threw her Coke in his face." What the actions show:
Cherry does this to Dally because of how rude he acts towards her. She does not accept the coke; and feels aggravated by how he has treated her. What the character does: (Page 46)
When the Socs are about to fight the greasers after a movie, Cherry says, "No! Stop it!" She looks towards Bob and says that she'll ride home with them. What the actions show:
Cherry hates fights, and decides to go home with the Socs in order to stop the greasers and them from fighting. What the character thinks/feels: (Page 31)
She smiled and her eyes showed that her mind was on something else ... "Johnny ... He's been hurt bad sometime, hasn't he?" What the thoughts and feelings show:
Cherry is concerned about Johnny's quiet and easily-intimidated nature. She has a feeling that something bad has happened to him. What the character says: (Page 44)
"Cherry, Marcia, listen to us. " [Bob says this after he sees Cherry and Marcia walking home with the greasers] What the words show:
Bob doesn't like that the two Socs (Cherry and Marcia) are walking with the greasers. He and his friend act as a threat to them after he says this. What the character says: (Page 55)
"You could use a bath, greaser. And a good working over. And we've got all night to do it. Give the kid a bath, Dave." What the words show:
Bob is trying to intimidate the greasers, and orders another Soc to give Pony a "bath". By this he means for the Soc to try to drown Ponyboy in the fountain. What the character does: (Page 56)
"Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moon light, doubled up and still. A dark pool was growing from him, spreading slowly over the blue-white cement." What the actions show:
Bob was killed (by Johnny) and now lays in a heap on the ground. It is unclear whether or not he fought back much, because it was not described. What the character does: (Page 44 )
"The Mustang came to a halt beside us, and the two boys [Bob and Randy] in the front seat got out." What the actions show:
Bob stopped the Mustang where Cherry, Marcia, Johnny, Two-bit, and Pony were standing. He (and Randy) got out in order to try and get the girls to go home with them What the character thinks: (Page 116)
"[Randy referring to Bob] They spoiled him rotten. I mean, most parents would be proud of a kid like that - Good-lookin' and smart and everything, but they gave into him all the time. He kept trying to make someone say 'No' but they never did." What the character thinks: (Page 55)
"It was Randy and Bob and three other Socs, and they recognized us ... 'Hey, whatta ya know? Here's the little greasers that picked up our girls. Hey greasers." What the thoughts show:
Bob wishes that his parents wouldn't treat him like a Soc. All he wanted was to be treated as a normal person. One of the reasons Bob acts destructive and violent is because of how his parents never scolded him. What the thoughts show:
Both Randy and Bob want to intimidate Johnny and Pony. Bob seems vengeful and feels angry at them for taking their girlfriends.
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