Heroes In The Outsiders

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In the novel The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, juveniles Johnny Cade and Ponyboy Curtis are on the run. Johnny has killed a Soc, Bob, and they hide in an abandoned church in the Jay Mountains. The fuzz are after them, and they have to act fast. The boys accidentally set fire to their hideout. Johnny and Ponyboy try to rescue some kids out of the building, and the newspaper reports on the story. In the papers, it has the story on the fire, their involvement, and how they are heroes. Two juvenile delinquents are on the run. They try to hide in an abandoned church in the Jay Mountains. These kids are Johnny Cade and Ponyboy Curtis of a Greaser gang. Cade has killed a rival gang member. With Ponyboy as his accomplice, they set out to hide from …show more content…
One account of manslaughter, and another of heroism? “I don’t know. Maybe I felt like playing hero.” Hinton 115. These are both major, in their separate ways. Some say Cade and Curtis should be heroes. Others say that they should be locked up. However, for the sake of the situation, papers are saying that they are heroes, because they saved six lives but took one. Also, after further investigation, Cade was proven to have used his knife in self-defense. This was proven by an interrogation with Cade. He mostly mumbled, but professionals could make out, “...and they had a blade… they were gonna beat me up…” Hinton 57. The hearing will be an interesting one, and the mystery of why juvenile delinquents would save measly children still remains. The novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is an outstanding piece of literature that puts hoods in the situation of a hero. Johnny Cade and Ponyboy Curtis ran away from their life, but it only proved more difficult to them. Johnny, and his fellow gang member, Dally, died because of one bad choice. But one good thing came out of it: a life lesson that would last forever. The papers have their own story of their heroism, but only Pony will know the true meaning of his

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