The character Johnny grows in major ways throughout The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Johnny was a greaser, His best friend was Ponyboy, the main character. Johnny was a dynamic character, he contributed a lot to the main theme. Johnny had bad parents and committed murder. Soon after his bad acts, he became a hero. He ultimately became a better person a the end of his life. Johnny is a Christ-like figure because he sacrificed himself to save children from a fire; Johnny also contributes to the a theme of the book: appearances aren’t everything; lastly he serves to teach Ponyboy about the world though his actions and words. Johnny is a Christ-like figure for saving kids from a burning building. Evidence is shown in this quote—“Johnny yelled, ‘shut up! We’re goin’ to get you out!’” (Hinton, 92)—Johnny takes control of the situation and rushes into a burning building to save lives, not thinking about himself. After his heroic, selfless act he was rushed to the hospital and only to died a couple days later. Johnny didn’t have to save the kids, Ponyboy had went in first so he could have stayed …show more content…
Johnny shows Ponyboy that the world isn’t corrupt with mean people and that it is still full of good. Johnny stated in the note Ponyboy found in the book Gone With The Wild that it is was worth saving the kids even if it meant his life. He also stated that the poem in the book meant “He meant you’re gold when you’re a kid,like green… and don’t get bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still lots of good in the world” (Hinton 178-9). This shows to Ponyboy that just because his best friend is dying doesn’t mean he shouldn’t stop living his life too. It also shows that he shouldn 't stop doing good deeds himself. Lastly it shows that just because he lost a friend don’t mean the world has turned rotten and mean on him, it is still the same world, with more love than
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Ponyboy is now devastated and his life will change forever. In the end, Ponyboy changes a lot and becomes a completely different person after Johnny and Dallas Winston’s death. After Johnny died Ponyboy completely changes into
In The Outsiders a realistic fiction book by S.E.Hinton Johnny Cade wanted his parents to not forget him and he wanted them to love him and be good parents. Later in the book he did not want to see his parents. This means that Johnny drastically changed himself in the book, The Outsiders. The way that he changed himself was that he was sensitive but later in the book, he becomes insensitive. This is because he was dying in the hospital.
Therefore, he is a family member to the greaser’s making him play an important role in the story. Being thoughtful is one of Johnny Cade’s traits in the book, because he always brought up Ponyboy’s spirit. Before Johnny died in the hospital he had left a letter in his notebook for Ponyboy to read. Around in the middle of the letter it stated, “I’ve been thinking about it . . . he meant, you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green.
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
"Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold..." Those words were Johnny's last words before he passed on. Johnny was a person who everyone thought would live a bad, horrible life. He was often tortured by his parents, the Socials, and was to be left alone day by day. However, he has shown himself to the world that he will never be a pushover by people like the Socials and his parents, instead to shine as dazzling as a shooting star in the sky in the book Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Instead of fearing for his life, he went past his comfort zone and protected PonyBoy. Johnny also acted independently with no instruction from Pony in a high pressure situation with a lot on the line, including his life. Even After being brutally beaten by Randy and Bob he still stood his ground, even when he was afraid he still confronted them and fought both of the Socs till the bitter end. As shown from multiple parts in the chapter Johnny was truly brave at the park. “Never contest a man with
Staying Gold “Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold,” are Johnny Cade’s final words to Ponyboy Curtis before he passes away. What did Johnny mean by this? Surely, he doesn’t literally mean stay gold. The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton has many themes, including this hidden one.
Let go of the memories, and the friendships, and the good times. Impermanence is an important part of becoming older, and Ponyboy is ready for it. The first death mentioned in this story is Ponyboy’s parents. The eldest Curtis, Darry, is left to care for Ponyboy and the middle brother Sodapop.
This shows how he gained back his self-confidence and his ability to stand up for himself. Johnny finally found his acceptance from Dally when Dally said, “We’re all so proud of you” (148). When Dally said that Ponyboy noticed Johnny’s eyes glowing, “Dally was proud of him... That was all he ever wanted” (148). In the letter he wrote to Ponyboy, “It’s worth saving those kids...
People believed Johnny was a great young man different from the rest of the gang. However, some people may think Johnny is not a hero. Some people may not think Johnny is a hero because he ran into a burning building without thinking about himself. When Johnny saw the burning church he ran inside without hesitation, in the process he did not think about how he could be hurt or even killed.
Although Johnny is older, he is smaller than fourteen year old Pony. Near the end of book, Johnny finally expresses how he feels about everything. He is in the hospital and realizes that he doesn’t want to die, he wants to live. “‘I’m scared stiff. I used to talk about killing myself… I don’t want to die now.
From the beginning of the novel to the end, Johnny’s personality changes a lot. At first, he was tense and scared, but later on, he became more open to Ponyboy (one of the other main characters) and brave. Early in the novel, Johnny is tense and scared. In the book, Johnny and Ponyboy are at the movies.
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
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