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Compare And Contrast: Johnny And Dally

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Ever heard the phrase “Opposites Attract?” The idea of two completely different personalities adoring each other, is mind-blowing. With Dally being a hoodlum and Johnny being very frail, how could the possibly even like each other? In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, two characters, Johnny and Dally come together despite various similarities and differences.
Although Johnny and Dally share some homogeneous traits, they also have very vast differences. For example, Dally is a villainous, tenacious, and greaser while Johnny is a perceptive, polite, and craven greaser. Dally does not fear anything and Johnny is petrified of his own shadow. His own gang thinks that Dally is mean, and Johnny is the gang’s pet. Dally spent three years on the wild side of New York and gets harder and tougher there, when Johnny has not even left the neighborhood. The description befitting Dally in the book just makes him seem even scarier. “His eyes were blue, blazing ice, cold with the hatred of the whole world… He was tougher than the rest of us [them] tougher, colder, meaner.” (10). This shows the confident, and indignant look on Dally’s face. On the other hand, the description for Johnny just radiates empathy and sympathy, “If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you’ll have Johnny… he had a nervous, suspicious look in his eyes…”(11). The difference between the two characters is evident in these descriptions, Johnny is like a puppy and Dally could be compared to a tiger. Another example of how Johnny and Dally are different is seen through the fact that Dally loves to fight and has a huge record with the police, while Johnny detests fighting and has no trouble with the police. For instance, Dally goes around looking for good brawls to participate in, Ponyboy says that when he was in New York, “... Dally blew off steam in gang fights…” (11). On the contrary, Johnny is so against fighting that when he is told the news of the greasers winning the rumble, he says, “ Useless… Fighting’s no good…” (148). It would be expected that he would rejoice when hearing that the Greasers beat the socs. Dally even picks fight with his friends and does unthinkable vandal-like acts to get his friends in an angry mood. For example, just to get into a fight he slashes his friend’s tires. He walks around town looking for good rumbles to participate in. While Johnny is scared of anything that can damage him. All these fights that Dally participates in and the despicable things he does , give him a big record with the police. Dally is proud of this record and shows it off. In a pathetic endeavor to impress girls at a movie Dally says, “ You ought to see my record sometime, baby…” (22). He completely embarrasses himself by showing off his record, out of all the things he could say. In a different manner, as Johnny proposes the preposterous idea of turning himself in to the cops for murder, he...

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