Dally And Johnny In The Outsiders

Superior Essays
Dally and Johnny

Often, people who seem to be opposites are not so different at all. Throughout The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton proves this, but never as well as with Johnny and Dally. Although they come from similarly abusive households and care immensely about the other, the characters have very different philosophies. They have different outlooks on the law, and the world in general. Despite their differences, Dallas Winston and Johnny Cade have many similarities. Neither Johnny nor Dally come from loving households. Because his house is not a place in which he can stay, Dally sleeps wherever he can. Throughout the book, he never mentions his mother, and he talks about his father only once during the story. From a young age, Dally
…show more content…
When Johnny asks about his own parents, Dally says his father pays no attention to whether he is “‘in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter’” (88). His parents are neglectful, but he seems to not care about it. Johnny’s parents are also neglectful, but he still wants them to care. His father beats him, but he says he likes that more than when his mother yells at him. Although Ponyboy says that “you could hear her yelling clear down at our house,” (12), Johnny would rather his father hit him: at least when that happens, he explains, he knows that his father is aware that he is there. Johnny wishes his parents cared about him while Dally resigns himself to their indifference, but their similar home lives bring them together. Though neither of them care much about their families, Johnny and Dally both care about the other more than anyone else. Early …show more content…
Following the rules would ruin Dally’s reputation, and he breaks laws just for fun, just to remind people that no one is in charge of him. Even with the money to pay to get into the drive in, Dally makes a point of not doing so, and instead sneaks in to watch. Ponyboy says of him, “Dally hated to do things the legal way” (20). His apathy towards law leads him to a very bad reputation with the police. On the other hand, Johnny has no record with the police, to the point where he is willing to turn himself in for killing Bob. This absolute certainty that they will not be as harsh on him as they would on someone like Dally is reasonable, as Ponyboy describes him as “... the most law abiding of us…” (34). Unlike Dally, Johnny tries not to be noticed by anyone, and the only weapon he carries is one used for self defense because he is afraid of being jumped by the Socs again. While Dally uses the law as a status symbol and something to overcome, Johnny tries to avoid conflict by not doing anything that goes against

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    As Ponyboy mentions “His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something and then you could hear her yelling at him clear down at our house.” (12). Johnnys parents obviously don't care about him because if they did they would want to set a good example to Johnny , like not getting drunk and beating your kid and not blaming your child because of your own problems. Therefore both Johnny and Dally's parents don't care about them and that makes them similar. Another way Johnny and Dally are similar is how they both give little value to their lives. When Johnny dies Dally is in shock, he robs a store and he calls the gang.…

    • 1150 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    For example, Johnny's parents neglect him in ways that parents should not. It does not matter to them whether or not he comes home at night. They abuse Johnny constantly by hitting him, scolding him, and ignoring him. When Johnny’s father hits him he finds it to be a good thing because it means his parents actually notice him. His parents yell at him for reasons not even he understands.…

    • 1269 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Many of the people stole the parents belongings and they also stole the garden gnome without permission. Thomas shows to his parents that does not respect them, because he should have listened to their rules. His parents although they called him a nerd, only want the best for him. The other individuals in the party should have cared also about the house and not trash it. They showed that they had no respect to the family or how bad they trashed the area.…

    • 1713 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Johnny is not very fond of fighting, he says it himself that it is “‘Useless… fighting’s no good… ’”(148). This makes sense because Johnny is the smaller member of the gang and he gets abused by his father a lot, so this is probably why he does not like physical contact. But Dally on the other hand loves fighting. It is his favorite thing to do. Even after he got into an accident he still participated in a rumble that was being held.…

    • 825 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Charles refusing to admit his mistake of teaching his family violence prohibits him from experiencing an authentic life. Just as Estelle inculpates her brother for her marrying an older man, Charles condemns society for his family's behavior. In a like manner, Charles deceives the court by lying about killing “no one and [ordering] no one to be killed” (Manson 1970). Charles commits perjury regarding the abundance of death he is responsible for which demonstrates his inability to accept responsibility for his actions. It is due to Charles’ inability to admit his mistakes and attempt to reconcile with them prevents him from living an authentic life.…

    • 815 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    People who grew up as an only child usually get bully or end up being spoiled. This particular scene shows that nobody 's perfect including family and you should love them no matter what; you may not always get along but do not shut them out of your life. The height of the love between Joshua and Jason is shown when Joshua went to Alonzo’s house to kill Lyric to prevent Jason from leaving the town. Joshua could have killed Lyric knowing him as criminal, but he didn’t because he listens to his brother who pleaded for him not to kill Lyric. Joshua seems fed up with his life after Jason talk to him, that he ends up committing suicide to give his brother a peace of mind.…

    • 785 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Anderton also has his own set of fatal flaws. Anderton discovers about his upcoming crime and doesn’t try to help himself but instead runs away and denies help. He is in the room when he gets the prediction of him murdering Leo Crow, Burgess calls Anderton to tell him that he will help him and that nothing will happen to him, but Anderton refuses his help and runs away. When cornered Fletcher who used to work under Anderton in the pre-crime unit tells Anderton to not run and that it will be easier, but Anderton still refuses all the help and runs away (Frank & Cohen). Anderton could’ve fixed all the problems by just staying with Burgess and proving his innocence but he worsens the situation by running away.…

    • 1091 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Great Essays

    Radley locks Arthur up in the first because all he cares about is their reputation and he doesn’t want his son making another mistake to ruin that even more. After the incident with Mr. Ewell attempting to kill Scout and Jem, Arthur “was carrying Jem. Jem’s arm was dangling crazily in front of him” (352). During the terrible episode of Mr. Ewell, Arthur is willing to risk his own life in order to save both Jem and Scout’s lives. Even though he doesn’t know the children that well, they mean something to him; family.…

    • 1480 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    He wants the very best for all of his friends, so when he saw Patrick getting hurt, he became enraged. He did not think about what consequences could come from fighting in school, or if he would get himself hurt, as long as he was there for his friend. In addition, Charlie also showed friendly companionship when Patrick became upset about his ex-boyfriend rejecting him in front of the whole school. Even though the routine was the same every night, Charlie was by his side until the end of the school year, when Patrick would leave for college. Charlie did not like to see Patrick fall into depression, but he did not want him to be alone while feeling down; Charlie knows all too well the feeling of lonesome…

    • 838 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Another example is when Atticus gave in to Jem’s stubbornness and let the kids stay at the jail while Mr. Cunningham and the other men were there. Those men had brought guns and the resolve to kill a man that night. If things had gone sour, the kids could have easily been injured. Atticus did not even consider this, he just sighed and let them stay. Atticus’s lack of concern for his children’s safety is obvious and it ended up harming them, which really demonstrates how his parental…

    • 1032 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays