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Similiaries And Differences In Characters In The Outsiders By S. E. Hinton

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Can some people so different be so a like? Can some people so alike be so different? Dally and Johnny are those two who are so different, but yet they are similar. In the book S.E. Hinton writes The Outsiders, Johnny Cade and Dally Winston come from two completely different backgrounds, and have completely different scruples. Yet, at the same time they are alike. Dally and Johnny’s parents both repudiate them, making Johnny and Dally mentally tough, and the boys do not value their lives. At the same time though they are different, Dally is stronger than Johnny. Though, Johnny has a soft heart and Dally would not even pay any attention if someone is dying right next to him.
Two people with two completely different characteristics have something alike. Both Dally and Johnny are mentally tough because of their parents. Johnny and Dally’s parents both do not care for them and could care less about them. For example, during Dally’s childhood he went to jail, been in a gang, and has been in many fights and his dad still would not care for him even if he won the lottery. Dally also talks about his dad's disgrace towards him in the car with Johnny and Ponyboy, “‘ Shoot, my dad don’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in a gutter...’”(88). Dally could easily live without his dad and he does for the most part. Dally just hangs around with his friends and stays at their place. Similarly, Johnny's parents use him like a rag doll to blow off steam, “his father always beating him up”(14). The gang knows what happenes in Johnny’s house. Once Ponyboy was witnessing, “Johnny take a whipping with a two-by-four from his old man”(33). Ponyboy talks about how loud and mean Johnny's mom is and,“you can hear her yelling at him clear down at our house”(12). Johnny's parents could careless about Johnny, they only show that they “care” for him around other people. For example when Johnny is in the hospital, his mom came to look like she really cared about him, but she is only really there to yell at him. Both Johnny and Dally’s parents have no respect toward them and this makes Johnny and Dally not value their lives. Another similarity of Johnny and Dally is they both do not value their lives. The result of Dally’s dad being so abusive to him is, Dally has no one to talk to about his problems and doesn't know how to control his anger. This makes Dally feel very depressed and angry. Since Dally has no adult to guide him, Dally does not know how to control his anger. This causes him to rob a grocery store after Johnny’s death. Johnny was keeping Dally alive, Johnny was Dally’s brain. Once Dally lost Johnny, Dally lost his head and did not value his life anymore. Ponyboy notices Dally is going to commit suicide but in a way not many people would realize it, and it is when the police are chasing him, “Dally raised the gun, and I thought: You blasted fool. They don’t know you’re only bluffing. And even as the...

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