Sodapop in The Outsiders: Character Analysis & Quotes

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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In 'The Outsiders' by S.E. Hinton, Sodapop Curtis is the happy-go-lucky, drop-dead gorgeous middle brother in the Curtis family. Is Soda just another pretty face, or is there more to him than what most people see?

Sodapop Background

In this lesson, we will examine the character Sodapop Curtis from The Outsiders, the coming of age novel by S.E. Hinton. Soda, as he's often called, is without a doubt the narrator Ponyboy's favorite person. Ponyboy even goes as far as to say that he loves Soda more than he loves any other person in his life. Sodapop has numerous qualities that make him likeable and help him cope with some of the more difficult aspects of life on the East Side of town.

Looks, Personality & Love of Horses

While Darry, the eldest Curtis brother, is handsome, Ponyboy claims that 'Soda's movie-star kind of handsome, the kind that people stop on the street to watch go by.' Even Soc girls know Soda. Soda is nearly seventeen years old, with a medium-slim build, playful and expressive brown eyes, and golden hair. His good looks draw in crowds of girls, but he only has eyes for his beautiful girlfriend, Sandy. He plans to marry her someday. With so many options available to him, why do you think Soda is ready to settle down at sixteen?

Not only does Soda have a striking appearance, his happy-go-lucky attitude takes him far. Unlike other people Ponyboy knows, Soda doesn't need to drink because 'he gets drunk on just plain living.' Soda knows that there are bad things in the world, but when faced with bad things he chooses to 'ignore it and love life anyway.' Ponyboy and Sodapop are different in many ways, but one of their differences is in how they have fun. Ponyboy loves catching movies and reading books, two activities he tends to do alone. Sodapop likes fast cars and going out dancing. He's sociable, and enjoys activities that involve other people. Soda avoids school and books because he doesn't see himself as smart, but he understands people.

When Soda was twelve years old, he worked at some stables so he could be near his favorite horse, Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse was mean and always getting in trouble, but he loved Soda. One day, Mickey Mouse was sold and it broke Soda's heart. Soda used to ride in the rodeo, but his father made him quit because of a torn ligament. Hanging out at the rodeo is still one of his favorite things to do with his best friend, Steve. Despite the difficulties and heartbreak that Soda has experienced with horses, he finds ways to be near the things he loves.

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