The novel The Outsiders By SE Hinton , covers the theme of people are often more complex than they first appear. This theme is still relevant today because people still are making assumptions about people when they first meet rather than getting to know them further.The Outsiders is a story about the rivalry of the Greasers and Socs and how it led to the destructiveness of physical and mental well being. Dally,who is first viewed as a bloodthirsty and cruel person because of his past, but after Johnny’s death he is seen as the member who shows too much emotion. Darry, Ponyboy’s oldest brother, who is seen as a harsh and overworked boy who is trying to raise his brothers is discovered to be caring and having to be emotionless for his family.In …show more content…
When it comes to Dally he views him as the “character of the gang” but also dangerous.In chapter 7, after Ponyboy and Johnny, Ponyboy’s best friend and member of the gang, had saved children from the burning church and Dally saved Pony from the flame on his back, the boys are in the hospital. Pony tries to comfort himself by saying ¨Dally’ll be okay, I thought. Dallas is always okay.¨(86).Pony’s perspective has slightly shifted to seeing Dally as more of a human with different sides rather than the figure he has painted for each member of the gang.“Nobody would write editorials praising Dally. Two friends of mine had died that night: one a hero, the other a hoodlum. But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church; Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him; Dally risking his life for us, trying to keep Johnny out of trouble. And now he was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't be any editorials in his favor. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he'd die someday. Just like Tim Shepard and Curly Shepard and the Brumly boys and the other guys we knew would die someday. But Johnny was right. He died gallant”(131).Although Pony saw Dally with new eyes, he still didn't think of him as an ideal hero but more as a hero in disguise that would change his life …show more content…
“If I brought home B's, he wanted A's, and if I got A's, he wanted to make sure they stayed A's.”(12),Pony sees Darry as more of a controlling hand over his life rather than his older brother who is trying to give him the opportunities that he never had."I reckon it never occurred to you that your brothers might be worrying their heads off and afraid to call the police because something like that could get you two thrown in a boys' home so quick it'd make your head spin. And you were asleep in the lot? Ponyboy, what on earth is the matter with you? Can't you use your head? You haven't even got a coat on"(50).In chapter 3 Pony and Johnny fell asleep in the lot, the Greasers hang out at a vacant lot, and when Pony woke up it was way past his curfew. When Pony arrived home Darry freaked out. Pony saw this as another example of Soda, Ponyboy’s brother and role model, being the favorite instead of Darry just trying to keep him safe.“I looked at Darry. He wasn't going to be any hood when he got old. He was going to get somewhere. Living the way we do would only make him more determined to get somewhere. That's why he's better than the rest of us, I thought. He's going somewhere. And I was going to be like him. I wasn't going to live in a lousy neighborhood all my life.”
This rare display of concern demonstrates that Dally's heart, albeit hardened, still possesses remnants of innocence. Nevertheless, his eventual demise, driven by a desperate desire to escape the painful reality, ultimately reinforces the theme of the loss of innocence in "The
The character Dally is troubled, tough, and caring. This character can be described as troubled for many reasons. One example of how he is troubled is when Dally says, “You’d better wise up Ponyboy you get tough like me and you don’t get hurt” (Hinton 147).
Pony and Johnny were sitting in the empty lot in their town, talking, when they both got tired and accidentally fell asleep. When Ponyboy woke up, he was scared because it was two in the morning, way past his curfew, and his older brother, Darry, would be mad that he was late. Darry started yelling at Ponyboy when he came home saying, “Ponyboy, what on earth is the matter with you? Can’t you use your head?” (page 50)
But, as soon as Johnny died, Dally reached his breaking point and started to cry out, “Oh, damnit, Johnny, don’t die, please, please don’t die…” (Hinton p.
Forget those blasted kids’” (Hinton 93). Dally would rather have children die than Johnny have the same fate. Later in the novel, Johnny dies and Dally chose to commit suicide. When people choose to be ignorant about others, it can have disastrous consequences.
(Pg. 154) This shows Dally’s selfishness because he doesn’t think about everyone else. Dally just wanted to die but he didn’t think about the effects that he would make on any of the other Greasers after his death. That is why Dally cannot be the hero of The
Johnny was the only person that Dally had ever cared for, because all of his life he struggled and became ‘tough’ early on, thus reinforcing the idea that he should only care about himself. Someone blinded by their past like Dally would have trouble truly loving someone, but when it comes to one's family, one truly can. That means Johnny is like family to Dally. Above all, Dally loved Johnny and was upset when Johnny died to the point he was so heartbroken, that he decided to take his life. That is what true loyalty is, even if they are not
The gang arrives just in time to see Dally die, watching the police shoot him and his body fall to the ground. Ponyboy resignedly describes his death as "He was dead before he hit the ground. But I knew that was what he wanted... Dallas Winston wanted to be dead, and he always got what he wanted" (page 152). Ponyboy describes Dally’s death with resignation; he firmly believed that Dally wanted to die.
Furthermore, Dally shows that he is willing to help the group no matter what when, at the rumble, he helps to pull the Soc that is kicking Ponyboy off of him. When Dally gave Ponyboy and Johnny a gun and some money he was helping them even though he could be arrested for assisting in a murder. Continuing on, even though it was extremely dangerous, Dally risked getting seriously injured or even killed to dart into the burning church to save Johnny. Finally, Dally attacks a Soc, risking being attacked himself from behind to save
At around the end of the novel Dally shows his true feelings when he says, “Dammit Johnny I'm begging. “ (pg 149) He says that when the only person he cares about is dying and he's begging for them not to die because without them he has nothing left. But when Johnny dies he finally loses everything he loves and decides to suicide by cop because he has nothing left to live for This shows how much he truly changed throughout the story cuz he finally broke he finally showed his true emotions but only after he lost the one thing he cared about.
At some points in the book it doesn’t seem like Darry cares for Ponyboy at all. “Our front door is always unlocked in case one of the boys is hacked off at his parents and needs a place to stay” Darry, knowing very well of the type of neighborhood they live in, should always lock the door. But instead of being a responsible adult, leaves the door open for their friends. Darry also allows Ponyboy to participate in dangerous activities like public fights. “Let me fight, Darry…” “Well”-Darry gave in-”I guess you can.”
Dally is not strong mentally (when he couldn’t let Johnny go), he really does not do good deeds, and he does not care about any other people than only Johnny, and he’s rude to others and bad at using words. A quotation that supports my statement is, “What for? Get back in here before I beat your head in.” (p.90) This quotation supports my statement because Dally said this to Ponyboy when he hopped off the car and said to see what the deal is when he saw the old church on fire, it proves that Dally does not care about other stuff that does not involve him and that he’s rude to others and using
It might be that Darry came to save Ponyboy, because they are family. This quote could represent how important Ponyboy is to Darry. It might be possible that Darry wants to protect Ponyboy as much as possible because of the bond they have with each other. It is also possible that Darry came because of all the memories he has with Ponyboys. All things considered this information helps prove how Darry, and Sodapop show they care for
When Johnny died, Dally didn’t know how to take it. He has never felt what it was like to love someone before and now that the only person he loved died, he can’t take it. After Johnny dies in the hospital Dally runs off in anger and sadness when Ponyboy says, “Dallas is gone,” I said. “He ran out like the devil is after him. He’s gonna blow up.