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Black Can Appear White Essay

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“Nothing is as it seems. Black can appear white when the light is blinding but white loses all luster at the faintest sign of darkness.” (Christopher Pike). In the novel The Outsiders it expresses the theme nothing is as it seems. There are two major gangs- the greasers and the Socs. The greasers seem like hoods; however one group of greasers aren’t at all what they seem like. Particularly one greaser symbolizes this theme, Johnny Cade. Johnny shows nothing is as it seems because he is scared of his own shadow when inside he is a heroic role-model. Johnny is a scared, shy person from his looks, but he is filled with true courage; he did not turn from a juvenile delinquent to a hero, he was one all along.
To begin with, Johnny shows nothing is as it seems because he seems like he couldn’t hurt a fly when later he kills a Soc named Bob. Although he killed someone he showed great courage because some Socs were about to drown Ponyboy, when Johnny kills Bob to save Pony’s life. Courage (in everyone’s perspective) didn’t define Johnny, in fact, it seemed the opposite of him. However Johnny revealed his true self, killing Bob didn’t make his real character from scared to cold and dangerous, it made him brave and caring. He saved Pony’s life and defended himself, something no one could predict from Johnny, which shows he represents nothing is as it seems.
Moreover, Johnny shows nothing is as it seems because he stands up to Dally. Everyone felt he wasn’t capable of standing up to anyone for anything, but out of the blue he does since it is the right thing to do. It takes someone very lionhearted to accomplish that, which is the last thing anyone would picture Johnny as. He was seen as a follower of the gang, when he achieves what no one was willing to do- stand up to Dally. In addition, Johnny questions if his...

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