The Characters In John Hinton's The Outsiders

As timely now as it was written 48 years ago, “The Outsiders” is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction. Books such as “The Outsiders” have the power to affect readers’ lives and stay with them forever.Ponyboy’s life was not easy, he had it tough and he is very aware of that. But he finds ways to make it work. Pony knows he can receive help by his two older brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And know’s he can count on his friends- his best true friends who will do anything to help him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs, a mean gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up the “Greasers” like Pony and his friends. Pony knows they are a problem. But one night Johnny took things too far, leading conflict between “Greasers” and the Socs, …show more content…
One night, Ponyboy and Johnny were sitting at the park in Greaser’s territory where lovers and little kids usually hang out, But since it was 2:30 in the morning nobody was there except Ponyboy and Johnny.The boy’s were at the park because Pony needed a place where he can cool of after his incident with Darry, Johnny just tagged along with Pony because he is not really wanted at his house, and this is why he is in the park with Ponyboy. While the boy’s were cooling off something strange happened, Bob and his Soc friends were way out of their territory, and then suddenly they decided to attack both Pony and Johnny. Not only that, the Socs were drunk. A Soc came to Ponyboy and pinned him in the water, he was drowning. In a moment of panic Johnny had no choice but to stab Bob to get rid of the Socs and save Ponyboy's life. In page 50 (in the PDF), Johnny says, “I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade... they were gonna beat me up...." This evidence shows that Johnny will go to the extreme to save his friend, and this shows he really cares about Pony, but if the Socs haven't decided to harm Johnny Pony that night maybe Bob will still be alive. It is the Socs fault that Bob is dead because they could of stopped Bob and move on with their lives but they decided to hurt Greasers instead of not knowing what can happen. Ponyboy should not have stayed and the …show more content…
In page 50 (in the PDF), Johnny says, "We gotta get outa here. Get somewhere. Run away. The police will be here soon.” This evidence shows if the Soc’s haven't shown up at the park to beat up Ponyboy and Johnny, Johnny might have never killed Bob. Ponyboy and Johnny would never have to go to hiding. They would have never caused the fire in Windrixville church. And Johnny would not ever be injured so badly that he will die after. In page 153 (in the PDF), Johnny says, “ Listen, I don't mind dying now. It's worth it. It's worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for.” This evidence shows Johnny dying because he saved the kids in the church, he is considered a hero but now he is going to die a hero because he had a problem while saving the kids. The Socs also caused Dally’s death because the Socs killed Johnny. In page 130 (in the PDF), Ponyboy said, ”Johnny was the only thing Dally loved. And now Johnny was gone”. This shows that the Socs caused both of their deaths, If Johnny hadn't killed Bob he wouldn't hide in Windrixville, get injured saving the school kids in a fire and then later die because of those injuries. But he did die. And because Johnny died, Dally died too because he was so heartbroken that he lost everything he loved, and the only thing he loved was

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