Friendship in S.E. Hinton´s The Outsiders Essay

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“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies” (Aristotle). How can this happen when two characters are so different? How can they be similar? Dallas Winston and Johnny Cade from S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders have a connection deemed unlikely because of their extensive differences. While each being divergent from one another, their similarities come into play as to why they care so much for one another. Their differences stretch amongst a wide variety, but along with those differences comes their similarities. Differences among Dally and Johnny are not hard to come by. To begin, Johnny is the most law abiding of the group. He always follows the law. This continues until the day he kills Bob. When he kills Bob he …show more content…
After he gets jumped by the Socs he began to be afraid of things as simple as his own shadow. His personality stands out as the gentle one of the gang, but he “was a good fighter and could play it cool, but he was sensitive and that isn't a good way to be when you're a greaser” (88). Ponyboy knows that Johnny could fight if he needed but Johnny says “fighting’s no good. . . .” (148). He believes that fighting does not answer the problems the greasers and the Socs have. Before Johnny died he wrote a note in Gone With the Wind and left the book for Ponyboy. His philosophy on fighting is the opposite of the average greaser, and instead of telling Ponyboy to become a fighter and be tough he remind him to “Stay Gold” (148). Pony has an outlook on life in an innocent way like a child and does not need to change it because he is a greaser. On the other hand, Dally is tough. Most likely the toughest of the gang. He loves to fight and does not hesitate to do so. Dallas will fight over the littlest things and even members of his own gang are afraid of him. He goes looking for trouble and fights he can join because he “was of the breed that could take anything, because he was hard and tough” (88). Things did not bother Dallas as they bothered Johnny. He is strong and not afraid to go at someone. Dallas believed that greasers have to be tough so that they are able to defend yourself against the Socs if they try to jump you. According to Dally, it matter a great deal when you are a

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