In the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, Johnny Cade is a member of the Greasers gang who undergoes significant growth and maturity throughout the story. Multiple events in the story contribute to his change in perspective and his development as a person. Johnny in the beginning of the novel is timid and fearful but by the end of it hes seen as a brave hero. In the beginning of the novel Johnny is seen as fearful and very timid compared to the others in the Greasers. On page 11/12 Ponyboy says “He had a nervous, suspicious look in his eyes, and the beating he got from the Socs didnt help matters.” and Pony also says on page 12 “His father was always - beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except she was hacked off at something and …show more content…
Johnny is kind of forced to mature quickly, because being in a gang means you dont have time for “childish things” so Johnny isnt able to be a normal teenager. In a way being in the gang made him miss out on his childhood but, he didnt really have a choice since the socs were bullying him. On pg 16 Ponyboy says,”I remembered how awful Johnny had looked when he got beaten up. I had just as much right to use the streets as the Socs did, and Johnny had never hurt them.” here hes talking about one of the many times the Socs bullied Johnny, but now he has the gang to protect …show more content…
When youre a kid everythings new, dawn. Its just when you get used to everything that its day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. Thats gold. Keep that way, its a good way to be.” Hes telling Pony to pretty much appreciate the nice things in life while he can, poor Johnny couldnt because of the life he was being forced to live so now hes trying to help Pony experience the things he couldnt. He wants to help Ponyboy not end up like Dally, Dally is too angry to appreciate anything he has which inevitably led to his death so he doesnt want Pony to not be grateful of all the good things he
In S.E. Hinton's book, The Outsiders, many things and people change, but the most noticeable change was in Johnny Cade. Johnny had always been the quiet one, sitting back and doing whatever the others told him, but by the end of the book, everything had changed for him: who he was, what his situation was, and the confidence he had grew to enormous heights. This was a key part of the book because without these drastic changes in Johnny, the book would have stopped on chapter two. At first, Johnny was quiet and never talked back to anyone in the gang. His parents always treated him terribly and the gang was the closest thing he had to family, “. . .
The first reason why Johnny is a loner is because Johnny is different from the gang because his parents abuse him, and he likes things that almost no one in the gang likes besides Ponyboy. On Page 33, Ponyboy says that they were used to seeing Johnny banged up since his father clobbers him often. This shows that Johnny gets beat a lot and the only other person who gets beat up is Dally, as shown in this quote by Dally in chapter 6, after Johnny asked if his parents asked about him, he says “‘They didn’t. Blast it, Johnny, what do they matter? Shoot, my old man don’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead in a car wreck or
Also when they were in the church Ponyboy says “He looked like he was having the time of his life”(Hinton, 79). This shows he loves saving people. A final reason he’s heroic is because Johnny shoved Ponyboy to the window to save Ponyboy instead of saving himself. This shows he cares more about others lives than his life.
After Johnny offers to turn himself in so that Ponyboy doesn’t get into trouble they go back to the church that they are staying at and find it in flames. There were children inside so Johnny and Ponyboy went inside and saved them but while doing so Johnny got hit by a piece of wood on fire. He then dies in hospital. This is shown when Johnny says ““You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still a lot of good in the world.”
Like Ponyboy, Johnny does not fit into the Greaser gang. Ponyboy says to the reader at the beginning of the novel, “Johnny Cade was last and least. If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny. He had a nervous, suspicious look in his eyes, and that beating he got from the Socs didn't help matters (Hinton 11).” Stated in the quote, Pony explained in detail how Johnny can be considered as an outsider.
The Outsiders is a young adult novel written by S.E. Hinton that explores the hardships faced by both the poor and the rich. The Greasers walk in groups of gangs to protect each other from the Socs, while the socs beat the Greasers up and gang up on the greasers. The main character, Ponyboy, has his own gang and has a journey with Johnny and Dally when they kill a kid in self-defense. When they save kids from the church, they get injured and have to go to the hospital, where Johnny takes his last breath.
He is telling Pony to just enjoy life and to live life to the fullest. Johnny wants Pony to never stop dreaming about the future and to always be
Instead of fearing for his life, he went past his comfort zone and protected PonyBoy. Johnny also acted independently with no instruction from Pony in a high pressure situation with a lot on the line, including his life. Even After being brutally beaten by Randy and Bob he still stood his ground, even when he was afraid he still confronted them and fought both of the Socs till the bitter end. As shown from multiple parts in the chapter Johnny was truly brave at the park. “Never contest a man with
This shows how he gained back his self-confidence and his ability to stand up for himself. Johnny finally found his acceptance from Dally when Dally said, “We’re all so proud of you” (148). When Dally said that Ponyboy noticed Johnny’s eyes glowing, “Dally was proud of him... That was all he ever wanted” (148). In the letter he wrote to Ponyboy, “It’s worth saving those kids...
From the beginning of the novel to the end, Johnny’s personality changes a lot. At first, he was tense and scared, but later on, he became more open to Ponyboy (one of the other main characters) and brave. Early in the novel, Johnny is tense and scared. In the book, Johnny and Ponyboy are at the movies.
The only time Johnny was ever noticed, was when his father was being abusive towards him. These actions traumatized Johnny, to the point of not truly trusting anyone at all. Johnny was a young boy who had already given up hope for love and acceptance at such a young age. Ignored by his family Johnny still kept living and found a family in his “gang”. Johnny, as part of the gang also witnessed his friends being beaten up by “socs”, or rich kids from the southside of town.