Examples Of Honor In The Outsiders

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Honor is Still in the Lawless

Are bad people capable of doing honorable actions? Is there honor among the lawless? The book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about greasers who are the lawless, but still sometimes do some ethical acts as well. These guys may jump little kids or sneak into drive-in theaters, but they still do some heroic and honorable acts like saving other kids from a burning church and look out for each other. These greasers have honor in themselves because they protect each other, they care for each other, and have integrity in themselves.
To start, the greasers have some honor in them even though they are hoodlums because they protect and save each and one another. An example of the Greasers protecting each other is when Johnny saved Ponyboy from getting drowned by the Socs. “Johnny lips quavered slightly. ‘I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might’ve killed
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“We chased 2 junior high kids across a field for a few minutes; by then it was dark enough to sneak in over the back fence of the Nightly Double drive-in movie.” (pg 20) This shows that they do bad things more frequently than the good things they do. They would think that the more bad things they do, they are not very honorable. They think that they are breaking the law more than how much they act ethically. But the thing is, the greasers may have done lots of bad things, but the good things they do affects more than the little bad things they do. “It’s worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for.” (pg 178) This shows that the greasers care more about the lives of others better than themselves. That is a BIG ethical thing, compared to the little “sneaking into the drive-in theater”, which makes the greasers more honorable than unethical
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