Tuff Times

Chapter 3:

Are the Socs and the Greasers really that different? Why? Why not?

I do not think that the Socs and Greasers are really that different. At where we currently are in the novel, we’ve met two Greasers and their boyfriends: Cherry and Marcia. Cherry said that her life is not as easy as the Greasers think, and I agree. Near the end of chapter 3, Cherry says: “I could fall in love with Dallas Winston. I hope I never see him again or I will.” (p. 46). I think this means that Dallas might have been frightening that night, but she has witnessed many worser things in her own gang, contrary to the Greasers’ beliefs.

Are there any connections you can make to any of the characters and/or their situation?

One connection I have with Ponyboy is the conflicts I have with my siblings. Unlike Pony, I am the middle child in my family, but I really do not play the role of Soda. I can not boss my older sister around for obvious reasons, and I can not boss my younger sister around or else she would start creating a huge fuss that will get me into trouble. However, my older sister can boss me around and I can not really react, and my parents would not understand why I get so annoyed when my younger sister disturbs either my studies or free time.

Why do you think Johnny killed Bob?

I think Johnny killed Bob because Bob was drowning Ponyboy. I wonder if one of the Socs that showed up also beat up Johnny the first time. I think Jonny did what he did out of self-defence. Not just Johnny, but anyone would be scared to death in this situation

What could have been some alternatives?

Some other alternatives could be reasoning, trying to save Ponyboy without a knife (punching), knocked him out unconscious, or threatening the Socs instead of actually stabbing.

What do you think Ponyboy and Johnny’s situation prompted Ponyboy’s recitation of “Nothing Gold Can Stay?”

After Ponyboy and Johnny ran away, we saw them crying at a loss of their old life. Their new life is nothing compared to their old life. Ponyboy lost the comfort of Soda, Darry, and his old fun weekends. Johnny may not miss his parents, but he had his entire gang’s love with him at all times. I think the term “gold” refers to something amazing. Their old life may not have been perfect, but it was pretty amazing. Nothing amazing can stay.

Who is innocent? Who has experience?

No one in this novel is completely innocent. No one is free of crime, no one lives their life without guilt.

What is the difference between Cherry the Soc and Cherry the Dreamer?

I think Cherry wants to live her life free of trouble. There is trouble in every life, but she wants to get away from her troubles. She dreams of a vivid life without the rivalry of the Socs and Greasers, without the troubles she has to live through everyday. She wants to live without the fear of getting jumped.

Are Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally heroes? Why or why not?


How do we know that Darry truly cares for Ponyboy?

Write about what you understand about Cherry’s line “I could fall…” (lines 8-10 p 46)

I think it means that Cherry does not want to fall in love yet. In chapter 8, she said that she knows that she is too young to fall in love, but she does it anyways. She fell in love with Bob, but that was a bad decision after Bob was killed.

In realising that Cherry has green eyes, what does this signify for Ponyboy and his understanding of people and the world?

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