In the novel The Outsiders, there are things motivating Dally, Johnny, and Ponyboy to save the children caught in the church fire. One piece of evidence that shows the motive of Ponyboy is “’I bet we started it,” I said to Johnny. ‘We must have dropped a lighted cigarette or something’” (Hinton 70). Ponyboy must’ve felt guilty that he may have caused the fire so he went to save the children in exchange for his mishap. Johnny’s motivation is similar to Ponyboy’s, except that “He looked like he was having the time of his life” (Hinton 71). Johnny seemed like he was actually enjoying saving the children. He possibly admired heroes and it was his chance to become one, so he went with Ponyboy. If Ponyboy didn’t go to save the children, Johnny probably
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This is a heroic act because he could have gotten seriously injured and to never be the same. Johnny was willing to die saving the kids even though he didn’t want to die. He didn’t know the kids; at all he just rushed in there to save them. The kids would have died. That would be bad because the police would show up and Johnny and Ponyboy would have gotten in trouble.
They support their friends who are going through hard times even if they are going through hard times themselves. Ponyboy lived up to this belief by sticking with Johnny even after he killed Bob, and by fighting in the rumble while in a weak state to fight for his friends. First, when Johnny killed Bob, there wasn’t a hesitant thought in Ponyboy’s head when Dally advised them to run away. Ponyboy knew the magnitude of the murder and even though he didn’t commit it, he went into hiding with Johnny.
In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Dallas Winston is known as the tough no-good hood who loves to do bad things, and though it was clear at times throughout the novel that he started trouble and could be rough, it was also made clear through his actions that there was another side to him. This other side of Dallas cared about his friends and would go through a bunch of trouble to make sure they would be alright. Three most memorable times Dallas shows this care are when he gives Ponyboy some new clothes and gives Johnny and Pony a gun and some money to have as they run away so they don’t get caught by the cops, when Dallas risks his life to go back into the burning church to pull Johnny out of the window, and in the end, when Johnny passes away, Dallas gets himself shot by the police because he didn’t want to live without Johnny, who was the only thing Dallas loved. This all together is why
The novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton features many characters with many different characteristics. One of them being Ponyboy. He is a key character and keeps on improving throughout the story as ups and downs take place similar to an elevator. From all the experiences Ponyboy encountered throughout the whole novel he finds out that life is like a keyboard.
He realizes that there is more in life than just the Socs and greasers. Johnny shows that to pony when he says, “ I don’t mind dying now… It’s worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more mine…” (pg.178)
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
Although Johnny knew it was the right choice, some of the buildings debris fell on Johnny’s back, fell on Johnny’s back,which broke his spine and killed him. Ponyboy was terrified when Johnny saved the kids, and when Johnny’s injury affected him badly. But when Ponyboy found out Johnny was going to die he was horrified. Ponyboy said, “Then I heard Johnny scream, and as I turned to go back to him, Dally swore behind me and clubbed me as hard as he could across the back (pg.93)”. From this text we can infer that Ponyboy wanted to help when he heard Johnny scream, but
(Hinton, 92)—Johnny takes control of the situation and rushes into a burning building to save lives, not thinking about himself. After his heroic, selfless act he was rushed to the hospital and only to died a couple days later. Johnny didn’t have to save the kids, Ponyboy had went in first so he could have stayed
At the beginning of the novel, Johnny lacked confidence and self-esteem. At times he thought about attempting suicide. S.E. Hinton describes Johnny as, “A little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and lost his crowd of strangers” (11). This is because Johnny 's parents are abusive: his mother verbally and his father
“He wasn’t scared either. That was the only time I can think of when I saw him without that defeated, suspicious look in his eyes” (Hinton 92). Sometimes people show great change from just a single moment in their lives. Occasionally, even characters in literature have an experience similar to this. More specifically, in S.E. Hinton’s riveting novel
After that, Ponyboy finds himself in a situation that he personally can’t back out of. It’s the fire at the church. Ponyboy, starts running in to help save the children, but when he turns around, he sees Johnny. “Hey Ponyboy,” Johnny says. Johnny was following Ponyboy into the fire to help save the kids.
The narrator of the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis, is a complicated and emotional character. He goes through numerous changes in the book and you get a good idea of his feelings through actions towards others. He proves to be empathetic, caring, and a dreamer. He shows this during situations with his brothers and even with the other Greasers. During the story, Darry is always telling Ponyboy, although he is a intelligent kid, that he needs to use his head.
(52). This shows that Johnny believed that killing Bob was the only way to save Ponyboy and that he did not kill Bob out of anger and hatred. Also, Johnny risked going to jail and losing his freedom when he killed Bob in order to save Ponyboy from drowning. By risking his life and saving Ponyboy’s life, Johnny proved that when in danger, a Greaser would sacrifice himself to save another, which shows honor among the lawless. Hence, there is honor among the Greasers because risking their life for another shows great love and bravery, which are also honorable
(Bullets 1 & 2) In The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, one scene begins will Dally, Ponyboy, and Johnny driving back from Dairy Queen, they spot the church blazing in flames. A school group of people standing around the church and Ponyboy and Johnny jump out of the car to find out what's happening. As they arrive on the scene, one of the women shouts that some of the children are missing. Both Ponyboy and Johnny leap through a window of the church in search of the kids.