Friendship In S.E. Hinton´S The Outsiders

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“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies” (Aristotle). How can this happen when two characters are so different? How can they be similar? Dallas Winston and Johnny Cade from S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders have a connection deemed unlikely because of their extensive differences. While each being divergent from one another, their similarities come into play as to why they care so much for one another. Their differences stretch amongst a wide variety, but along with those differences comes their similarities.
Differences among Dally and Johnny are not hard to come by. To begin, Johnny is the most law abiding of the group. He always follows the law. This continues until the day he kills Bob. When he kills Bob he knew that he broke the law. Out of nervousness he runs off to a church with Ponyboy that Dally sends them to. They camp out there for days not knowing whether or not to turn themselves into the police. Dally arrives at the church to stay with them and Johnny announces “We’re goin back and turn ourselves in”(87). He figures that since he currently has no record, he will get off easier; and he knows that it is the right thing to do. Unlike Johnny, Dally constantly breaks the laws. Dallas’s record makes him proud. He gets into a lot of fights and involves himself in many robberies. Going to jail has stopped effecting him and whenever crime occurs in the town the police question Dally early on. Dallas has a bad record, but that does not bother him because “he liked to show that he didn’t care whether there was a law or not” (20). Clearly it does not bother Dally when he gets in trouble with the police, or the fact he has a mile long record. Besides their record with the fuzz, both of them have divergent personalities. Johnny is of the quiet and sensitive type. Some of the smallest things bother him. After he gets jumped by the Socs he began to be afraid of things as simple as his own shadow. His personality stands out as the gentle one of the gang, but he “was a good fighter and could play it cool, but he was sensitive and that isn't a good way to be when you're a greaser” (88). Ponyboy knows that Johnny could fight if he needed but Johnny says “fighting’s no good. . . .” (148). He believes that fighting does not answer the problems the greasers and the Socs have. Before Johnny died he wrote a note in Gone With the Wind and left the book for Ponyboy. His philosophy on fighting is the opposite of the average greaser, and instead of telling Ponyboy to become a fighter and be tough he remind him to “Stay Gold” (148). Pony has an outlook on life in an innocent way like a child and does not need to change it because he is a greaser. On the other hand, Dally is tough. Most likely the toughest of the gang. He loves to fight and does not hesitate to do so. Dallas will fight over the littlest things and even members of his own gang are afraid of him. He goes looking for trouble and fights he can join because he “was of the...

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