Copy of REVISED Ramneek Kaur Outsiders Theme Essay 2017-2018 Period 5

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1 Scumbag Steve 2/22/18 Lowe/Per.5 Henry David Thoreau once stated, “Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of someone you love, is by far, the truest type of love.” What he meant by this was that if someone truly loves someone else if they are willing to make sacrifices for them. There are many characters in the novel The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton, who follow through on this quote. They must choose between what makes their life better and what makes others’ lives better. Such characters include, Darry, Ponyboy himself, and Dally, who show bravery and courage as they give up what is dear to them for the other people in their gang, the Greasers. They overcome obstacles that are thrown in their paths and fight through the difficulties their rival gang, the Socs give to them. Through these characters, S.E. Hinton shows us that people are willing to make sacrifices for the ones they truly love. One character in the novel who follows through on this is, not so surprisingly, Darry. Darry’s way of having a tough appearance does not stop him from following the role of an older brother for Sodapop and Ponyboy and making sacrifices for them. When the Curtis brothers lose their parents in an accident, Darry immediately takes on the responsibility of raising his two younger siblings and willingly gives up everything to take care of them. We see how hard Darry works when he is receiving a massage from Soda to relieve all of his stress. In that scene, when Ponyboy describes how, “Darry is always pulling muscles; he roofs houses and he’s always trying to carry two bundles of roofing up the ladder”(16), he shows that, “Darry didn’t deserve to work like an old man when he was only twenty.”(16) Darry sacrifices his good health for Ponyboy and Soda. Many twenty year olds don’t work this hard, but he does so because he loves them. All of the strain he puts into his jobs affects his muscles and his well being in general.

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