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The Greasers

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The Greasers are a lower-class group of Oklahoma youths who call themselves Greasers because of their greasy long hair. Many of the Greasers come from broken homes and consider this group of boys their "family." The Greasers are often invloved in verbal and physical conflicts with their rival gang, the Socs.

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Ponyboy Curtis - 14 year old narrator and protagonist, youngest Greaser, struggles with many social issues that he observes and goes through during the novel, lives with his brothers - Darry and Sodapop
 
Darry Curtis - oldest brother raising Ponyboy, athletic, strong, intelligent, hard-working, nickname is "Superman
 
Sodapop Curtis - happy-go-lucky brother, very handsome, loves Ponyboy very much
 
Johnny Cade - 16 years old, puppy-dog eyes, fearful at times, has abusive, alcoholic parents, sees Greasers as his "family", loves and idolizes Dally
 
Dally Winston - toughest Greaser, been in trouble with the law many times, takes pride in his violent behavior, protects Johnny and treats him like his younger brother
 
Steve Randle - Sodapop's best friend, cocky and intelligent, sees Ponyboy as Sodapop's young annoying brother
 
Two-Bit Matthews - joker of the Greasers, shoplifts, likes to instigate the Socs

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Ponyboy & Johnny

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Ponyboy reading the letter from Johnny

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