Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #1

Since Mom and Dad were killed in an auto wreck, the three of us only get to stay together only as long as we behave. So Soda and I stay out of trouble as much as we can […]. (1.5)

Loyalty is a big deal for Ponyboy and family loyalty the biggest deal of all. Yet, he and Darrel aren't sure of one another's loyalty for most of the book. What are some things that make them feel disloyal to each other?

Quote #2

[…] there are just small groups of friends who stick together, and the warfare is between the social classes. (1.47)

Pony's gang was formed primarily to protect the members from the Socials. There are other Greaser gangs, but they aren't rivals.

Quote #3

You take up for your buddies no matter what they do. When you're in a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't […] it isn't aging any more. It's a snarling, distrustful, bickering pack. (2.66)

Pony proves his own point at home. When he and Darry start to lose loyalty for one another, their home becomes a place of argument, anger, and mistrust.

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