Compare And Contrast Taxaways In The Outsiders

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How can two people with so many differences be somewhat similar? Johnny Cade and Dallas Winston from S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders are as different as two people can be, like how Johnny follows every single rule but Dally breaks all of them. They both give Ponyboy opposite advice. They still have some similarities. They both have abusive and neglectful parents and put little value on their lives. Therefore, Dally and Johnny are different but still share some similarities. Both Dally and Johnny have parents that treat them badly and harmfully. In Windrixville, Dally was talking to Johnny and Ponyboy about his father, saying that he does not care about where he is and what he is doing. “‘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”’(88). It seems that Dally’s father does not care about him at all and the feeling is mutual. Johnny is in a similar situation with his relationship with his parents. They do not bother to talk to him unless they are hitting him. They think that he is trouble. “‘She’s probably come to tell me about all the trouble I’m causing her and about how glad her and the old man’ll be when I’m dead”’(122). Johnny was telling Ponyboy that he likes it better when his father is hitting because he knows that he recognizes him. “‘I think I like it better when the old man’s hittin’ me”’(51). Johnny’s parents treat him poorly and wrongfully. Both of their parents ignore and resent them. Another similarity

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