If a family member isn't loyal, are they truly family? In the book The Outsiders by S. E Hinton, the protagonist is a young boy called Ponyboy, a greaser who stands out from his gang and desires the rival group, the Socs, to get along with the Greasers. In a fight, a Soc ends up getting killed forcing Ponyboy to flee with his gang member, Johnny. Their hideout burns to the ground, and as result, Johnny gets hurt. The gang is worried for both Johnny and Pony and stays loyal to both of them throughout the whole situation like family. A recurring theme shown in The Outsiders is family does not need to be bound by blood to be there for each other, instead loyalty makes a family. The author develops this theme in three important ways, such as the …show more content…
Dally is known for always being tough and a ‘true’ greaser. He has not had a soft spot for anyone but Johnny. After Johnny died, he did not take it well and took off from the hospital. After Dally disappears, Ponyboy questions, “How can I take it? I wondered. Dally is tougher than I am. Why can I take it when Dally can’t? And then I knew. Johnny was the one thing Dally loved” (Hinton 152). This demonstrates loyalty and family because Dally loved Johnny, meaning when Johnny died Dally could not live without him. 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 …show more content…
After Ponyboy got rescued from the burning church and ended up in the hospital his brothers came to see him. Ponyboy and Darry fought an abundance of times, so Pony thought Darry disliked him. Ponyboy realizes that is not true when he and Darry embrace, “That was his silent fear then-of losing another person he loved. . . . I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and knew everything was going to be okay. I had taken the long way around, but I knew I was finally home. To stay” (Hinton 98-99). This proves my theme because even though the Curtis brothers are related, they still are a true family because of their loyalty and love for one another. For example, the text says ‘That was his silent fear then-of losing another person he loved’ meaning that Darry cares and loves for Ponyboy, and was so scared of losing him that he cried - something Darry had not done in years. Darry was so deeply hurt and scared that he cried, only something a family member that was loyal to another would do. They are a family because of how close they are and how loyal they are to each other, which is the opposite of Johnny's home life proving they are not his real family. Ultimately, even though Ponyboy and Darry are related, they are still a true family because they are loyal and love each
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Unlike Ponyboy and Johnny, Dally's innocence was lost long before the events of the novel. He has already experienced the brutality of life and has become desensitized to the world's hardships. However, through his interactions with Ponyboy and Johnny, Dally develops a protective and caring side, which indicates a glimmer of innocence. As Dally tries to save Johnny from the burning church, he exclaims, "Ponyboy, I ain't gonna let you get hurt... I ain't gonna let them hurt you" (Hinton, 92).
However, the opposite is true; Dally cares a lot for Johnny. His true emotions about Johnny are revealed when Johnny goes to save children from a fire. Dally’s response is, ”’ For Pete’s sake, get outa there! That roof’s gonna cave in any minute.
Johnny shows this theme by not letting how the greasers are seen or how the greasers see him affect his actions. First of all, when Dally is harassing two girls at a movie theater. To everyone's surprise, Johnny demanded, “‘Leave her alone, Dally’... It had taken more than just nerve for him to say what he’d said to Dally-Johnny worshiped the ground Dallas walked on, and I had never heard Johnny talk back to anyone, much less his hero” (24-25). This action of Johnny speaking up to Dally surprises Ponyboy because Johnny always follows and agrees with Dally.
While Dally and Darry are both tough, the reasons for that are different. Darry is tough because he has to protect his brothers but Dally’s cold and tough because of his time in jail. For example it states, “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 boy’s home so quick it’d make your head spin. And you were asleep in the lot?
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
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.
Dally is part of the gang in the the east side of greasers. He had found Johnny living with awful parents that always beat him up with no care. Dally had gave and showed him love. Johnny is also in the gang and he is like the youngest pet out of all of them. Nobody in the gang can’t live without him especially Dally, he overprotects Johnny.
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
Ponyboy has been gone from Darry, his older brother for about 6 days because they were hiding from the police after Johnny murdered a Soc. They ended up running into a burning church to save children from burning to death and after that they ended up in the hospital from their injuries. Ponyboy thinks that Darry doesn't like him and just wants him to be gone. When Darry sees ponyboy in the hospital, he starts to cry. Ponyboy has never seen Darry cry, not even at his parent’s funeral.
Throughout the novel, a strong theme displayed is family relationships, even if it had been portrayed positively or negatively. Ponyboy Curtis is the protagonist and narrator of the book, so the Curtis brothers are one of the main families described in the book, which consists of Ponyboy’s brothers. Even though they had lost their parents not a while ago, they still tried to stick together. Unlike Ponyboy's family, Johnny Cade is less fortunate with his family and he’s unwelcomed in his own home. Even though the greasers were not blood related (excluding the Curtis brothers) most of them considered the gang as their family.
(1.48) After Johnny died, Dally makes an enormous sacrifice that took away his life. He loved Johnny so much that he couldn't take the fact he was gone. Dally was known to be the most cold-blooded member of the gang but after Johnny's death, he was the one who showed the most affection. Dally wouldn’t have been shot if he didn’t love Johnny so much, and sacrificed himself.
Family is an important component in everyone’s life. S.E Hinton this The Outsiders there is contradiction between the gang’s biological family and their “family”. Johnny is a member of the gang that is not wanted and cared for by his parents but musters to find a strong bond with the gang. The Outsiders, a realistic fiction book by S.E Hinton, shows the importance that family is the one that cares about you even though many people say that your biological family can understand you more.
Darry has an extremely serious personality and loves Ponyboy with tough love. All three show love in different ways, but they still do love. Love is shown throughout all of the book The Outsiders in various ways, even though there is lots of violence. Dally and Johnny had a very close bond. They were very close all the time and really admired each other.
In S.E.Henton 's novel The Outsiders, she captures the strong sense of brotherhood through the development of three of the main characters. This story shows that even through rough times, they always have your back and love you the most. After running away, Ponyboy returns home very late, he comes to find that his two brothers may not be the brothers they used too be or at least that 's what he feels. Darry, Ponyboys oldest brother, and father figure, unleashes on Ponyboy about his curfew, he slaps him right across the face.
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.