In the Outsiders by S.
E. Hinton, the character of Darry Curtis is introduced and developed as a unique, caring and intelligent person through his comments, thoughts, and actions. Darry Curtis is described as a strong, athletic, and intelligent young man. At a young age, he was forced to quit school, get a job and take on the responsibility of raising his younger brothers, due to a tragic automobile accident that their parents had just recently been involved in. While raising his younger brothers, he has had to face tough times. For instance, like losing his brother Ponyboy for an entire week. Despite all of the negative influence surrounding him, Darry Curtis continues to keep his calm and take care of the people he loves and cares about.
One piece of evidence that supports Darry as a unique, intelligent and caring character is that throughout the story, Darry has an awful fear of someday losing his brothers Sodapop and Ponyboy. For example, Darry often shows his frustration and worries about his brothers physically, like on page 7, “when he jammed his fists in his pockets after Ponyboy got jumped by the Socs.” This part of the novel shows Darry is caring, intelligent and unique because it uses descriptive words and phrases to describe what Darry is all about, in a way that the reader can understand. This particularly describes Darry’s personality traits through his thoughts and actions. Another piece of evidence is when Ponyboy says, “Darry works too long and hard to be interested in a story or drawing a picture.” Ponyboy later says in the novel, “Darry treats me as if I was six instead of fourteen.
” These pieces of evidence show that Darry is a unique, responsible, caring and dedicated role model for his brothers throughout the Outsiders. The first part of my evidence explains that Darry is determined and acts as a positive role model for his younger siblings. The second part of my evidence shows that Darry acts as a mentor to his brothers and pushes them to become the best version of themselves every day.
The theme of this novel is to always stay strong and persevere even if life throws you a curveball! In conclusion, I can infer that the character of Darry Curtis played an important part in the development and depth of the story in the Outsiders. He overcame adversity and tough times to take care of the people that he truly loved and cared about!