Argumentative Hero Essay
“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed”-Bob Riley. In the novel The Outsiders, the character Johnny showed heroism because during the church fire the hero came out from within him, and he save the kids. When his friend was in danger, the hero showed up again and saved the day. Johnny is the real hero of The Outsiders because he demonstrates the traits selflessness and courage.
A particularly important trait to have as a hero is selflessness. A selfless person will always put others in front of themselves according to “Buzzle.” Take Tejinder Singh for example, he gave up his time and money to feed people in need of …show more content…
He demonstrates this trait when he runs into the fire to save Johnny and Ponyboy. The text states, “… Dally swore at me and clubbed me across the back as hard as he could, and I went down into a peaceful darkness.” (Pg. 93) Dally saved Ponyboy and Johnny from the fire proving his bravery. However, Dally is not the hero because Dally robs a grocery store and points a gun at the police so that he can get killed. This displays Dally’s selfishness when the text states, “And even as the policemen’s guns spit fire into the night, I knew that was what Dally wanted” (Pg. 154) This shows Dally’s selfishness because he doesn’t think about everyone else. Dally just wanted to die but he didn’t think about the effects that he would make on any of the other Greasers after his death. That is why Dally cannot be the hero of The …show more content…
Courageous people stand up against things that threaten them or people that they care about. An example of a courageous hero is Marine Corporal Kyle Carpenter, who dove on a grenade to protect another Marine. Similar to Kyle Carpenter, Johnny also obtains the heroic trait courageous. At the beginning of the story, Ponyboy describes Johnny as, “…a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times.” (Pg. 11) This indicates that Johnny is small and very scared. Later in the text it states, “I’m dying, I thought and wondered what was happening to Johnny,” (Pg. 56) and ‘“I killed him,’ he said slowly. ‘I killed that boy.”’ (Pg. 56) The socs were drowning Ponyboy, a person that Johnny cares about. When Johnny kills the soc, he is showing courage because he is standing up against a threat to a person he cares about even though he is small and scared. Having the trait of courage is essential for being a
This rare display of concern demonstrates that Dally's heart, albeit hardened, still possesses remnants of innocence. Nevertheless, his eventual demise, driven by a desperate desire to escape the painful reality, ultimately reinforces the theme of the loss of innocence in "The
(Chapter 4) Johnny was very scared of Bob because Bob had beaten him; he almost died. Johnny new he might of go beat up if he interfered to save Ponyboy. (Chapter 4) Ponyboy would have drowned to death if Johnny didn’t kill Bob that makes him a hero.
Johnny had not purposely but out of fear killed a Soc to protect his friend. Johnny was brave and noble to be able to protect Pony and help the kids at the church. He had been beaten before and was not wanting that to happen to them. He bravely protected his younger friend Pony from the Socs. He had jumped into a burning church without hesitation to save a group of younger school kids.
First of all, Johnny is heroic because he saved the kids from the burning church. When they were in the church he said “Shut up! We’re goin’ to get you out”(Hinton, 79). This shows that he is a man on a mission and he really wants to get them out.
In the novel, Dallas follows Ponyboy and Johnny into the church fire, ultimately saving both of their lives (Hinton 93). A hero could not be considered one if they did not display any compassion. This event shows the reader that hidden under Dally's tough exterior is someone who truly cares about his gang. Winston saved the lives of Johnny and Ponyboy. He pushed away his reputation of never helping others and aided the other greasers in the heat of the moment.
This shows that Johnny is brave as he killed someone to save one of his friends. In chp. 6 of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the author states “I caught one look at his face; It was red marked from falling embers and sweat streaked but he grinned at me. He wasn't scared either.” (Hinton p.92) This shows that Johnny is brave because he put himself in a life or death situation to save people he doesn't know.
Those are very important heroic traits to possess. Here are some ways he showed those qualities. One heroic quality that Johnny shows is bravery. Bravery is being scared of something/someone but doing it anyway to save someone.
In the end of the story we truly find out how truly lonely Dally was when the Sodapop says, “We're all we've got left. we ought to be able to stick together against everything. if we don't have each other we don't have anything. if you don't have anything you'll end up like Dallas and I don't mean dead either.” (pg 176)
Johnny is brave, kind, bright, happy even though things in life aren’t the greatest for him all the time. One way Johnny shows he is a hero is when their was a fire and Ponyboy jumped out of the car, Johnny ran after him so Ponyboy wouldn’t get hurt. Then when things started getting worse Ponyboy jumped out of the window, Johnny stayed to help get the rest of the kids out even with the risk of hurting himself. Another reason is the fact that he still lives at home even though his dad is abusive, and his mom doesn’t care.
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
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
It is the driving force behind why Johnny stabbed Bob to protect Ponyboy. Johnny cared deeply about Ponyboy and would do anything to protect him. Ponyboy was getting drowned by the Socs and Johnny was there witnessing it. Johnny didn’t want Ponyboy to die so he killed Bob to protect him. Johnny’s loyalty to Ponyboy led him to murder Bob, “‘You really killed him, huh, Johnny?’