Johnny's Friendship In The Outsiders, By S. E. Hinton

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“Greasers will still be greasers, and socs will still be socs” (Hinton 117). In the Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, friendship is taken to a whole new level. The greasers stick together even if it cost their lives. The soc’s friendship causes a life to be taken. The rivalry between the two gangs wreaks havoc on lives and futures. Johnny saves Pony’s life while taking the life of Bob. This action causes a domino effect in the lives of all the characters-ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Darry, and Bob. Dallas, known as Dally, can be described as tough, brave, and misunderstood. First, Dally is known as one of the toughest members of the greaser gang. Out of many of the gang members who agreed, Ponyboy proclaimed, “Everyone in the gang knew Dally…show more content…
Dally has put his life on the line countless times to show his affection for his gang even though, he disguises it as playing his role of “the tough guy”. As cruel as Dally appears, he is more dependant on his gang then he will ever admit. To really look into his heart, the good begins to outshine the bad. For instance, he grew up in a hard environment, along with being arrested at the age of ten. Out of Dally’s mouth, he admits “...My old man don’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter.” (88) Dally may be a school dropout and have a mile long criminal record, but his parents never cared enough to show him love. All of Dally’s allegiance is provided by his gang. Johnny softens his heart by just being himself. When Johnny died, Dally began to reveal his emotions. “...he slammed back against the wall. His face contracted in agony, and sweat streamed down his face…” (149) Perhaps, Johnny holds the only piece to Dally’s heart. The pain rises more and more into Dally and eventually ends the pain by receiving a bullet through his body by a cop. “He was jerked half around by the impact of the bullets, then slowly crumpled with a look of grim triumph on his face. He was dead before he hit the ground. But I knew that was what he wanted…” (154) Dallys hit so hard by the death of the only thing he cares about, that he figures he has nothing else to live
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