Character Analysis Of Johnny In The Outsiders By S. E. Hinton

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In the book The Outsiders written by S.E Hinton has been and still is a favorite among its readers, the book focuses on group identity and individuality. I connected with the book because it shows how close friends can be, they can be almost family. Over time the character Johnny has developed, he became more brave and was willing to kill someone to save his friends and himself, he is intuitive, selfless and optimistic. Johnny thinks that there is still good in the world no matter what happens. Johnny often feels afraid, he doesn’t want to go home because of what his parents do to him. Johnny often carries a knife on him because he is scared of getting hurt. Firstly he is brave. He says “We’re goin’ back and turn ourselves in. (Hinton 87)” He doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt so he is willing to turn himself in, which proves how selfless he is. Secondly he is intuitive and optimistic. He said in his letter to Ponyboy “I’ve been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that…show more content…
At the beginning he was this shy character that was afraid of his own shadow, but by the end of the book he is a brave kid who was willing to sacrifice his own life for a group of kids. He stood up to the Socs and killed one of them. He was willing to turn himself in to the police, and cares deeply for the rest of the gang. All of the characters in the book have realistic traits, but I feel as if they are a bit like character stereotypes and flat, there is the quiet one, the strong brother, the handsome brother, the scary head of the gang, the silly one, the forgettable friend, and the above average main character, with a depressing back-story. In conclusion, Jonny shows that people still love you no matter what happens, and you have a group that will accept you. Socrates said “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Johnny is a smart person, even though it takes him a while to think, but he tries to think about life and all that it
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