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Dally And Johnny; Similarities And Differences

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Imagine a life where danger lurks in every corner, and there is no hope for a shooting star to appear. This is how Dally and Johnny,two characters from S.E Hinton’s, The Outsiders, live everyday. One welcomes this trouble while the other skulks away. Dally Winston and Johnny Cade are two characters who although very different, have similar characteristics.
Johnny and Dallas are two very similar characters. For example, they both have neglectful parents.The police jailed Dally at the age of ten and he spent three years on the deleterious side of New York.He became hard and cold, with a hatred of the world, all because he did not get the proper attention. Dally himself mentions, "Blast it, Johnny, what do they matter? Shoot, my old man don't give a hang whether I'm in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter. That don't bother me none." Dally is spitting out evidence of his dad’s negligence and shows the irresponsible personality of his father. If Dally had been given affection, then maybe the police might have not jailed him, he would not have started gangs, accost others, and be a delinquent. His parents could have stopped him from going over to the dark side. Alas, life is not fair. Similarly, Johnny is an abused child who is a punching bag for his parents. Ponyboy describes, “His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something, and then you could hear her yelling at him clear down at our house.” Johnny clearly is not wanted at home and is a very unfortunate boy. In addition, another way Johnny and Dally are alike is that they do not have much value over their life. Once Johnny died, Dally committed suicide. He purposely robbed a store so that the cops will chase him.In order for the police to shoot him, he pulled out an empty gun,pointed it at the police, and then the police shoot him. It is shown that this is suicide because Ponyboy stated, “ He was dead before he hit the ground. But I knew that was what he wanted, even as the lot echoed with the cracks of shots, even as I begged silently--- Please, not him... not him and Johnny both ---I knew he would be dead, because Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted.” Johnny was all that Dally cares about; Johnny was the only good in the world for Dally. Dally was bad to the bone because his parents had not given him the proper attention. But, Johnny had shown Dally, that even a neglected child, can still have a big heart. Likewise, Johnny does not have much of a value over his life. Johnny had valiantly went in the burning church , trying to save some kids that he did not know. Before he died of his injuries in the hospital, he wrote Ponyboy a letter. The letter stated, “Listen, I don't mind dying now. It's worth it. It's worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for. Some of their parents came by to thank me and I know it was worth it.” Johnny himself...

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