Comparing Johnny And Dally In 'The Outsiders'

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Johnny and Dally, Unique and the Same. ‘“So he finally broke,’ Two-Bit spoke everyone’s feelings, ‘So even Dally has a breaking point.” (152). In the book The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, there are two unique characters. Johnny and Dally are two characters that are unique and also the same. The two of them are opposites. Dally is hard, Johnny is gold. Johnny sees good in the world, Dally does not. Yet the two also had similar lifestyles, both Johnny and Dally have abusive parents. The two share a similar bond, they both care about each other more than anything. Johnny was smart enough to realize the good in his world, unfortunately Dally could not. Johnny and Dally have both had hard lives. Both of their parents were abusive and uncaring. …show more content…

As soon as Johnny died, Dally couldn't take it. Pony hadn’t gotten the letter from Johnny. So Dally exploded. “He begged, slamming his fist on the wall, hammering it to obey his will. ‘Oh , Dammit Johnny, don’t die,’”(149). Dally couldn't take Johnny dying, it was too much. Johnny was the only thing in his world left that he cared about. Then he was gone. They both couldn’t make it without the other, they cared too much. Johnny and Dally both end up dead at the end of the book, but one had no choice and put some meaning into the last days of his life. Dally, on the other hand, felt he had lost everything and resorted to suicide. When Johnny died, he left a letter in his copy of Gone With The WInd by Margaret Mitchell. The letter asked Ponyboy (the main character and narrator of the book) to stay gold and to tell Dally “There’s still good in the world.” (179). Johnny was trying to look out for Dally and to try to convince him this fact he never believed. Johnny, however, believe it himself. Dally gave up on the world. He saw nothing that was good, Johnny was the last good thing in the world. Then Johnny died, Dally couldn’t take his life having nothing. Dally robbed a grocery store to get the cops attention, he called the Curtis brothers who had the gang there. They met in the lot, Dally stopped in the middle of it as the cops pulled into the lot. Dally pulled an empty gun out and pointed it at an officer. The officers shot and killed him. “He was dead before he hit

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