The Outsiders Dally Character Analysis

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Dally A rock-hard hood who never backs down from any challenge. Dally is a character in the book “Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders is a book where a ragtag group of greasers band together and overcome victories, tragedies, and above all, build an even stronger bond of brotherhood. This story begins in the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Ponyboy(our main character) is walking home from the movies and gets ambushed by a large group of Socs(Sociables-the “popular/rich” clique). All of Pony’s greaser gang rescues him and chases the Socs away. Pony is okay, but shaken up. Later in the novel, Pony, Johnny, and Dally go to the Nightly double and meet Cherry Valance and Marcia. It, for the most part, goes well. A while after that,…show more content…
He seems to have no emotions, and as it said on page , Dally can take any amount of punishment. “ Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and had been arrested at the age of ten. He was tougher than the rest of us……..” (Hinton, 10) . “He had quite a reputation. They have a file on him down at the police station. He had been arrested, he got drunk, he rode in rodeos, lied, cheated, stole, rolled drunks, jumped small kids--- he did everything.” (Hinton, 10,11). Just that proves he is a ruthless, heartless, nasty brute. These are important because they give us a first impression is Dallas Winston and how he doesn't care about other people's feelings. He does have a soft spot, though, but you’ll have to read about it…show more content…
One example is near the end of the book where Dally is still grieving about Johnny’s death, so he decides to rob a gas station. “ He's just robbed a grocery store and the cops are after him. We gotta hide him. He'll be at the lot in a minute." (Hinton, 130). Another example of dally stealing is from his record at the police station. As I wrote before, “...he rode in rodeos, lied, cheated, stole, rolled drunks…” (Hinton, 10). Dally has been in and out of the cooler(jail) many time in his life. "I didn't know you were out of the cooler yet, Dally." (Hinton, 11). Supposedly, his first time in jail was when he was ten. “Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and had been arrested at the age of ten.” (Hinton,

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