In the novel The Outsiders, there are things motivating Dally, Johnny, and Ponyboy to save the children caught in the church fire. One piece of evidence that shows the motive of Ponyboy is “’I bet we started it,” I said to Johnny. ‘We must have dropped a lighted cigarette or something’” (Hinton 70). Ponyboy must’ve felt guilty that he may have caused the fire so he went to save the children in exchange for his mishap. Johnny’s motivation is similar to Ponyboy’s, except that “He looked like he was having the time of his life” (Hinton 71). Johnny seemed like he was actually enjoying saving the children. He possibly admired heroes and it was his chance to become one, so he went with Ponyboy. If Ponyboy didn’t go to save the children, Johnny probably
After Johnny died, he had a negative impact on Ponyboy’s life after he died in the hospital. Ponyboy blacked out his death and refused to accept what happened. He went as far as to say “I had the knife. I killed Bob.” (Hinton 165) Ponyboy wasn’t ready for Johnny to die. It was too much for his mind to take in, so he acted like Johnny was still there. Ponyboy’s brain doesn’t want anything bad to happen to Ponyboy. He takes responsibility for Bob’s death
“Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold…” That quote is from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton set in mid 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is about Ponyboy’s struggle to grow up among the fighting of the Greasers and the Socs. One character that stands out in the story is Johnny because he is a supportive character to Ponyboy. He is also a dynamic character, which means he grows and changes, and a round character, which means he has several sides to his personality. Johnny can be described as quiet, nervous, and loyal.
Johnny's most recent story is when he saved multiple kids from a burning building. Johnny went into the building without hesitation and he was determined to save the kids. In the process of dropping the last child the roof caved in and Johnny’s back was broken. Johnny died soon after of injuries. Johnny was a hero to anyone who met him. People believed Johnny was a great young man different from the rest of the gang.
Everybody has the opportunity to be a hero, but does everyone take it? A hero is
Although Johnny knew it was the right choice, some of the buildings debris fell on Johnny’s back, fell on Johnny’s back,which broke his spine and killed him. Ponyboy was terrified when Johnny saved the kids, and when Johnny’s injury affected him badly. But when Ponyboy found out Johnny was going to die he was horrified. Ponyboy said, “Then I heard Johnny scream, and as I turned to go back to him, Dally swore behind me and clubbed me as hard as he could across the back (pg.93)”. From this text we can infer that Ponyboy wanted to help when he heard Johnny scream, but
“Heroes are forged not born.” This quote perfectly describes Johnny Cade a well mannered 16 year old boy in the Greasers gang. In the novel “The Outsiders” Johnny didn’t have the best environment to grow up in, he was beat and left alone for most his childhood but that didn't stop him. Johnny Cade is the greatest hero in the Outsiders because of the courage he showed by saving PonyBoy, he risked his own life to save the children in the burning church, and finally Johnny kept living a motivated life despite his upbringing. Johnny Cade is the greatest hero in the novel the Outsiders.
He realizes that there is more in life than just the Socs and greasers. Johnny shows that to pony when he says, “ I don’t mind dying now… It’s worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more mine…” (pg.178) He also says that he shouldn’t “…be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.” Johnny is refereeing to how Ponyboy has a bright future and he can make with his life whatever he pleases. Pony finally understood what Johnny meant when he said, “stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold…” He is telling Pony to just enjoy life and to live life to the fullest. Johnny wants Pony to never stop dreaming about the future and to always be
In conclusion, the book The Outsiders explain a hidden message through Johnny that is said to only Ponyboy because he is innocent and unique. Johnny’s final wish before he passes away is that Ponyboy will stay gold because it was truly an important theme in S. E. Hinton’s story. Therefore, S. E. Hinton wanted Johnny’s powerful and final message to the readers of The Outsiders to be stay gold, hoping you will,
In the text it states, “I snatched up another kid, hoping he didn 't bite, and dropped him without waiting too see if he landed okay or not.” (93) Ponyboy saves the local children from a fire. This is heroic because he did that without any regards to his health or safety. Moreover, “Johnny shoved me toward the window. ‘Get out!’” (93) This shows that Johnny has learned what it takes to be hero. He saved the children without any consideration for his health and safety, and he also saved Ponyboy for the cost of his own life. The two learn what it means to be a
He wasn't a big fan of getting in somebody's way because he got scared since he was jumped by the Socs. In a time, he and Ponyboy were alone in the park until some Socs got to them and were beating them up. Johnny had a switchblade with him so he used it in that time to kill Bob, (and save Pony) who was drowning Ponyboy in a waterfall. After this, the rest of the Socs ran away while Ponyboy and Johnny went towards Dally to get help. Later on, Johnny saved the kids from the church on fire meaning that he turned into a hero.
“Greatness is birthed through hardship and testing. It arises choice by choice.” -John Paul Jackson. This quote means that success comes through hard work, trial, and many great and poor choices. Ponyboy encounters many hardships such as stereotyping and Johnny’s, Darry’s, and Ponyboy’s parent’s deaths. However, he makes the choice to still act happy and to not care what other people think. Everyone acquires hardships in life and it’s how you handle them that determines who you are as a person.
At the beginning of the novel, Johnny lacked confidence and self-esteem. At times he thought about attempting suicide. S.E. Hinton describes Johnny as, “A little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and lost his crowd of strangers” (11). This is because Johnny 's parents are abusive: his mother verbally and his father
After Johnny had killed Bob, and they ran away, Johnny says something to Ponyboy in the church that surprises him. After Johnny left to get supplies, he says, “We’re gonna cut our hair, and your gonna bleach yours.” (71) Johnny saying this, shows that he is starting to take action after what had happened at the park. It shows that reality is hitting Johnny, and this actually makes him slightly tougher in a way. Johnny, being a shy person usually doesn’t take action to solve the problem at han, but by doing this, it shows he is less soft and more hardy than we thought. After that, Ponyboy finds himself in a situation that he personally can’t back out of. It’s the fire at the church. Ponyboy, starts running in to help save the children, but when he turns around, he sees Johnny. “Hey Ponyboy,” Johnny says. Johnny was following Ponyboy into the fire to help save the kids. These two words that Johnny speaks, says a lot about him. For one, it shows that Johnny, isn’t really “afraid of his own shadow” anymore, like he was in beginning because of everything he has been through in the past week, it has made him tougher, in a way more like Dally. This really shows how Johnny’s personality has
You mainly see this in his actions for when he is talking to his brothers. You can see this early on in the book when he is talking about Sodapop’s old horse and wanting to get it back, “I kept saving my money for a year, thinking that someday I could buy Mickey Mouse back for Soda,” (pg. 48). This shows how much he cares for his brother and that he wants him to be happy. He also shows how much he cares about Johnny, especially when they are hiding out in the church, “ ‘Johnny,’ I said tiredly, ‘you can’t wash your hair in this freezing weather. You’ll get a cold,’ ” (pg. 72). Even through this small comment, you can see Ponyboy’s concern for Johnny’s safety. He also shows his worriedness and protectiveness over Johnny on page 102, “Dally’ll be okay I thought. Dallas is always okay. He could take anything. It was Johnny I was worried about.” He knows how frightened and anxious Johnny is after being jumped and how he is not as tough as the rest of the Greasers. Especially without a loving family at home, Johnny only has the gang and is not able to take as much. Throughout the whole novel, Ponyboy expresses how much he cares for others both with Johnny, and his