Hoodlums In The Greasers

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Can hoodlums like The Greasers be considered honorable? The book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton features The Greasers, considered hoodlums but don’t act like typical hoodlums. They are better than that because they always stick together. Honor can be displayed in many ways like sticking up for each other, standing together, being brave, and doing the right thing. The Greasers are honorable because they will risk their lives for anyone, they will always stick up for each other, and they will defend others. To begin, The Greasers are very honorable because they will risk their lives to save anyone, even strangers. For example, when Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally went into the burning church to save the children from the fire. In the book, Johnny says,…show more content…
An example of this would be when Johnny and Ponyboy tell Dally to stop bothering Cherry. As stated in the book, it says “He started to put his arm around her, but Johnny reached over and stopped him” (24). This instance shows honor because The Greasers don’t want anybody to get hurt at all. Even though Cherry is a Soc, they don’t really care, any of them will still protect her. It shows that they are really good people who don’t want anyone to get hurt. Most people would expect The Greasers to hurt others but they would never do that. For this reason, The Greasers should be characterized as honorable because they will protect anyone out in the…show more content…
In particular, Johnny and Ponyboy were at a park when all of a sudden the Socs appeared and jumped them. Ponyboy was being drowned and Johnny was pushed down away from them. Johnny decided he needed to save Pony so he got out his knife and stabbed Bob the Soc. Killing someone is never the right thing to do so Johnny could have gone for help. However, when you are trying to save a life, it is understandable. Specifically, Johnny killed Bob because he was drowning Ponyboy. He was trying to scare the Socs away with the knife, but he accidentally stabbed Bob. Sometimes, when you are in the act of saving someone from death, it might get out of hand and lead to another person’s
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