The Outsiders Hero Analysis

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The Hero You’d Least Expect What do you think of when you hear the word hero? Batman? Superman? Hero's don’t always have superpowers. We all have different characteristics of superheros. When I think of heros, I think of someone who has a voice when it matters, faces danger for others, and has the power to bring people together. In the book, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, Johnny is my pure definition of a hero. In the beginning of the book, you’d least expect Johnny to be such an amazing hero because he was so quiet. The truth is, Johnny only used his voice when there was something that needed to be said. Chapter Two in the novel is a great example of this. Ponyboy, Dally, and Johnny were sitting in a drive-in movie theaters next to some Socs girls. Dally started to tease the girls, especially Cherry. No one ever stood up to Dally because he was the toughest guy in the gang, but quiet little Johnny reached his hand over to him and said “Leave her alone, Dally.” After being told again,…show more content…
When Johnny and Ponyboy where jumped in the park, the Socs took Ponyboy’s head and stuck it underwater until he started drowning. To save his friend, Johnny killed a Socs named Bob, and the gang left the boys alone. Killing was a move of self-defense for him and Ponyboy. In another occasion, when the church was burning down and Ponyboy and Johnny heard screams of children in the back of the church. They both rushed head first into the fire and saved all the kids before they got hurt. The same can’t be said about Ponyboy and Johnny, because in the fire, Ponyboy got badly burned and Johnny broke his back and was suffering from very severe burns. Johnny and Pony heading into a fire to save a bunch of children is very bold of them because they never knew exactly what was going to happen to them both and risked their lives anyway. It was in his hospital bed when even his friends knew he was a
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