Jonyboy Character Analysis

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"Your circle of influence dictates your path"-Jon Bielecki. During specific events, a person’s mindset can be influenced by the people around them. Everyday the social environment of a person affects the outcomes of their decisions and the direction of their life is essentially chosen by society. Each one person has their own persona that dominates another person or group’s life and judgment on certain topics. For example, everyone chooses the people they hang out with and in return their behavior immensely impacts everything the other does. For Johnny, the gang means everything to him because they protect him, care for him, and most of all, they adore him. Therefore, every decision they make impacts Johnny, but these choices affect his way…show more content…
To demonstrate, when Ponyboy was describing Johnny, "He was the gang's pet, everyone's kid brother. His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something, and then you could hear her yelling at him clear down at our house. I think he hated that worse than getting whipped. He would have run away a million times if we hadn't been there. If it hadn't been for the gang, Johnny would never have known what love and affection are" (Hinton 12). While Johnny's parents detest him, the gang, though not his family by blood, defend him and each other, like they are. Considering the gang helped Johnny escape his mom and dad, he learned the priority and satisfaction of a loving family. Furthermore, after Johnny and Ponyboy had saved those children in the fire, he thought, "It was worth it. It's worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for. Some of their parents came by to thank me and I know it was worth it" (Hinton 178). By saving the kids, Johnny and Ponyboy gave them a chance to survive because if both boys had not gone into the church to get the kids out, they would have died. The gang had taught him how to love and showed him how important family is and as a result, Johnny understood that these kids still had a life to live and family to get back to. All in all,…show more content…
In the novel, almost all of Johnny's choices throughout the whole book were impacted by the gangs behavior and therefore learns beneficial lessons about love, protection, and rivalry. Like being around a family-like environment opened his eyes to a world of devotion and emotion, having a rival made him realize violence is irrelevant and unimportant, and the sacrifices of others helped him discover how much the gang has done for him. All the events caused by the older boys, later changed Johnny's way of thinking and his point of view. As stated before, "Your circle of influence dictates your path"-Jon Bielecki. Johnny's circle of influence, the gang, controlled the decisions he made throughout his short lived life all the way to the
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