Mark Waid once said, "Heroism is heroism, regardless of the timeframe or the backdrop." In the novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, the focus is on two social groups. The Socs are the preppy and rich kids, and the greasers are the poor, trouble-making kids. Johnny Cade was a greaser. He had greasy dark hair, sad eyes, and was known as the "lost puppy". Johnny grew up in an abusive family and that made him scared and uneasy about certain situations. A hero is someone who puts others first, understands the needs and gives help to others, and is determined to help and succeed. Johnny is a hero, because of his qualities selflessness, empathy, and courage. The first quality that makes Johnny a hero is his selflessness in his actions. At the beginning …show more content…
Before he died, Johnny said "Listen, I don't mind dying now. It's worth it. It's worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for" (Hinton 135). This quote emphasizes the idea of Johnny's selflessness. During the fire and throughout the book, it is seen that Johnny cares for others more than himself. Risking his life in the fire to save innocent kids, he never knew, has a selfless act not many people would take. This quotes also highlights the idea of Johnny's change to a hero. As seen at the beginning of the novel, Johnny is the boy from the wrong side of the track, and while the story unrolls, Johnny starts to become a hero. Johnny's selfless action of saving kids from a fire and not regretting his choice makes him a hero. The second quality that makes Johnny a hero is his empathy towards others and his actions. At the beginning of the novel, Johnny was known as the "lost puppy." He was never one to think the best of himself, he was humble and shy. Johnny was abused as a child and into his teens. His parents were always fighting and yelling, which gave him an uneasy environment to grow up in. From his experiences with abuse and hate, he was always there
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and I know it was worth it.” This shows that he was focusing on what mattered to him the most with the little time he had. That is the main reason that Johnny started
Johnny and Ponyboy were walking home from the movies when they saw a fire and rushed to the scene. When they arrived, they saw that a group of children were trapped inside. Without hesitation, Johnny climbed into the burning building and helped rescue the children. Unfortunately, Johnny suffered severe burns and injuries during the rescue, which ultimately led to his death. Nevertheless, Johnny's bravery and selflessness will forever be remembered by his friends and family.
Violence was much more powerful than we imagine not only because it led tremendous dis- aster, but also due to the deep impact on individuals. In the book of the Outsiders, the violence of Johnny’s family, the other greasers, and their opposing gangs, the Socials, strongly affected Johnny. The Violence of Johnny’s family impacts Johny’s natural instincts, which means that some of his characteristics were already fixed since he was born, and influenced him in daily life. Johnny grew up in a family without care, love, and understanding.
This novel by S.E Hinton, The Outsiders shows a crucial point that everybody is special in some way and should be known as who they are individuality not as a group. The Outsiders is a book that describes 2 gangs , the luxurious Socs, and the hoodlum Greasers. While they have conflicts with each other, the protaganist, Ponyboy, finds his identity outside of the gang. The important message of the story is that everyone has a unique personality that are developed by being in a group of people away from home, this identity can shape anyone’s way of life and the path they may take in the future. First of all, Socs and greasers have a trademark that showed who was part of their gang, Socs are know for Mustangs, Madras, and leather jackets;
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)
Johnny probably had one of the worst lives of the greasers, yet he still managed to stay optimistic even after being beaten on an almost daily basis. Johnny would also stand up for people even after being isolated for most his life, as shown when Dallas was harassing Cherry and Marcia. Finally the most loyal of them all, even on his deathbed he stuck by his friends and only allowed them to vist and not his horrible mother that ignored him for most his life. After an abusive childhood most people would give up but Johnny cade stood amongst the Greasers with pride, not
Someone once said, “ Life is all about making choices. Always do your best to make the right ones and always do your best to learn from the wrong ones”- Anonymous. Choices can always look instructive whether they are great or bad. Often, a string of good choices makes it easier to continue down the path, good consequences paving the way to more good choices. However, poor choices often have unlimited consequences.
(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
He meant you’re gold when you’re a kid, like grass... When you’re a kid, everything is new, dawn,” Johnny said,“It’s just when you get used to everything that it’s day… Like the way you dig sunsets, that’s gold” (178). This shows how Johnny grasped the concept of life and how his life was fulfilled when he found his true reason to live; to save those children.
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of their strength, but by the strength of their heart.” A hero is a person that does something to help or they can also save someone 's life. One example of, being a hero is Darry because he takes care of Ponyboy and Sodapop. Another example, of being a hero is Johnny when he saved Ponyboy and the little kids. A further example, of being a hero is Ponyboy when he also saved the little kid’s life and when he wanted to take the blame for killing Bob.
Johnny is always kind-hearted in his intentions, despite how it turns out in the end. To illustrate his true virtue, when he becomes worried that his children have not seen enough of the world, he decides to “take them for a rowboat ride at Canarsie and do a little deep-sea fishing” (Smith 221). The trip ends up failing, as he falls in the water and one of the children becomes sick, but he truly intends for them to have an exciting new experience. If he is ill-meaning, he wouldn’t have even gone through the trouble of planning the trip. Similarly, when trying to relieve Francie of the discomfort she felt after her attempted attack, Johnny ends up chemically burning her leg.
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
Criminals are what they are because of their actions, but could there be honor and good intentions among the lawless? In the book The Outsiders,, by S.E. Hinton, the Greasers are considered by the society as a reckless gang of hoodlums, but they treat each other like family, which separates them from other gangs in the city. The Greasers’ most common problem is their rivalry with the rich kids on the other side of town, called the Socs. Although they commit crimes and make bad choices at times, events in the book showed that they have love and compassion in their hearts. Therefore, there is honor among the lawless because the Greasers love each other like family, stick up for each other, and sacrifice themselves to protect each other when in
Heros. Who are they? They are not the ones that are fighting the imaginary villains. Heros are the ones who save others emotionally and physically and do whatever it takes to do the impossible. The Outsiders, a young adult fiction novel, by S.E Hinton, has multiple acts of heroism throughout the novel.