Dallas Winston In The Outsiders

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Dallas Winston, the “Outsider” Ponyboy and his gang are all considered “Outsiders” but there is one greaser from their gang that stands out the most with the title of “Outsider”. Dallas Winston is a hoodlum from New York who had been arrested many times since he was 10 years old. His parents weren’t around when he was growing up, and this really affected his life because he didn’t have anyone to tell him what to do. The author chose this title for the book because she wanted to give an immediate example of how the greasers were treated back then. In the novel The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, there are many characters that could be considered “Outsiders”; but Dally is the biggest “Outsider” in the story. The author S.E. Hinton uses …show more content…

He takes pride in his criminal record, and always tries to break the law in any way he can. As Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade, and Dallas enter the Nightly Double, Ponyboy states, “We all had the money to get in—it only costs a quarter you’re not in a car—but Dally hated to do things the legal way. He liked to show that he didn’t care whether there was a law or not. He went around trying to break laws.” [20] Dally (aka Dallas) did not care if there was a law, he was determined to show how reckless he was. After entering the Nightly Double Dally sees two girls and immediately Ponyboy knew by the expression on his face he was up to something, “I had a sick feeling that Dally was up to his usual tricks, and I was right. He started talking, loud enough for the two girls to hear. He started out bad and got worse. Dallas could talk awful dirty if he wanted to and I guess he wanted to then.” [20] Ponyboy does not approve of Dallas’s demeanor, and knew right away that Dally was up to no good. Ponyboy describes Dally as, “So Dally, even though he could get into a good fight sometimes, had no specific thing to hate. No rival gang. Only Socs. And you can't win against them no matter how hard you try, because they've got all the breaks and even whipping them isn't going to change that fact. Maybe that was why Dallas was so

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