Greasers… are they heros?
In the novel, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, there are 3 Greasers that are heroes. Johnny is a hero, for many reasons, he is courageous, brave and he risked his life to save a lot of people. First, he saved Ponyboy from drowning in the fountain. Also, he saved some kids from the church that was on fire. Finally, Dally is a hero, for reasons just like Johnny, he saved Johnny from dying in the church. Also, Ponyboy is a hero,he also saved the kids from the church that was on fire.
Johnny killed Bob to save Ponyboy from drowning. away from home. When Ponyboy and Johnny were in the lot, they fell asleep. Johnny had to wake Ponyboy up. When Ponyboy got home, he hoped that Darry was in bed, but he wasn’t. Ponyboy went into his house, and Darry got up from sitting in the chair, and he started yelling at Ponyboy. He said, where have you been? It's almost 2 am in the morning. When Soda-pop woke up he told Darry to stop yelling. Darry yelled at Soda and told him to stop. Then, Ponyboy yelled at Darry to stop yelling at Soda like that. When Ponyboy said that, Darry hit him. After Darry hit him, Ponyboy ran away from his house and met Johnny at the lot. They took a walk to the park. Then they saw a blue mustang circling the park. 5 Socs got out of the car, and they were coming towards Pony and Johnny, the Socs were obviously drunk, and they smelled horrible. They were mad at Pony and Johnny because earlier Ponyboy and Johnny were walking with Cherry
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There are a lot of events leading up to Bob’s death, including almost drowning Ponyboy, going to the drive-in, and Johnny killing Bob, just to name a few. To start in chronological order, some of the boys go to see a drive-in movie, and they meet some sweet and attractive Soc girls. After the movie is over they decide to walk them back to Steve’s place so they can drive them home, because their house is far away from them. The next important event that happens is that Socs see the boys walking their girlfriends home, get mad at them, and demand the girls get in their blue mustang so they may take them home. The next day rolls around, and Bob and his crew roll up in their blue mustang and start to attack Johnny and Ponyboy. Ponyboy and Johnny
Then Ponyboy runs out the door, finds Johnny, and goes to the park. There, however, the two young greasers run into randy and bob, with a huge group of their Socs friends. One of the Socs friends hold pony boy’s head under a cold water fountain, and Ponyboy blacks out. When he comes to, he is lying on the ground next to Johnny. The bloody corps of bob is next to them. To save Ponyboy, Johnny had to kill bob.
Finally, Johnny is not justified in what he did and is guilty because Johnny killed Bob, who didn’t cause any physical harm in the fight. Johnny stated that “‘I killed that boy.’ Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up and still” (56). This states that Johnny killed Bob instead of David, who was the one harming Ponyboy. This means that Johnny must have wanted to harm Bob for what he has done in the past.
The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, is a novel which tells the story of two rival gangs from Oklahoma in 1965. The rivalry is between Greasers who are much poorer than their counterparts from the west-side, the Socials. Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator of this story, and it is through his eyes that the events unfold. In this classic, there three characters who stood out from the rest: Darry Curtis, Dally Whinston and of course, Johnny Cade. But, are they heroes? To answer this question, one must first know what a hero is. In my opinion, a hero is a person who, in the face of danger, adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and self-sacrifice for the greater good.
To begin with, Johnny stabs Bob, the Soc, with his switchblade because Bob was about to brutally beat Johnny up with his rings on his bare hands and his hurtful words from his crude, deceptive mouth. Johnny also stabs Bob because Bob’s gang was trying to drown Ponyboy, so if he was able to stab Bob then his nasty and cruel gang would leave Ponyboy alone. When Johnny stabs Bob, his plan ends up working and the other socs runaway because they got frightened at the sight of Johnny stabbing and killing their what used to be alive friend. “ I killed him, he said slowly. I killed that boy. (56)” Johnny says this to Ponyboy as he awakens; coughing up water from nearly being drowned by Bob’s gang. When the socs runaway they go and try to find police. Because of this, Johnny and Ponyboy now have to run away in order for them not to be caught and punished by
Ponyboy tells Sherry Valance on page 31, “He would kill the next person who jumped him. Nobody was ever going to beat him like that again. Not over his dead body.” This supports how Johnny is guilty by saying he would kill Bob, so he wanted to when the socs jumped him and Ponyboy. On page 49, the book states “He was clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt.” This explains that Johnny stabbed him all the way down to the hilt, which is so deep it would obviously kill him.” If he attacked him somewhere else, or did not stab so deep, it would not have been fatal. Conclusively, Johnny should be convicted of murder because he wanted to kill Bob and he could have attacked him some other way that would not have proven
Johnny is justified in what he did and did it because the socs were about to drown Ponyboy so Johnny had to act. The text states ”I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you” (Hinton 57). This evidence proves that Ponyboy was about to be drowned, and Johnny had to step in and stab Bob in order to save Pony. Therefore Johnny is not guilty of murder because he was acting in defense of his friend who was being drowned.
It’s difficult to be a hero when you do some bad things to get there. In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton there are two completely different sides of town in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Socs are the rich kids who drive expensive cars and wear expensive clothes and the Greasers are seen as a good-for-nothing person. They don’t have money and they don’t get whatever they want, they also have to work additionally hard to get to where they want to be in life. If you are considered a Greaser you are like a muffin and the Socs are the colorful cupcakes. Everybody would prefer a cupcake over a muffin. In this novel two boys were trying to protect themselves and they run into a problem while doing it so, they hit the road. I am going to tell you my opinion on whether or not Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade are heroes.
Greasers aren’t typically associated with the word “hero”, they are known for stealing, holding up gas stations and even having occasional gang fights. However, a hero is defined as someone who is brave, courageous and helps others in need. In The Outsiders, Dally, Johnny, and Ponyboy show all of these heroic qualities, despite their Greaser titles. Because Ponyboy is never shown to be interested in wrong-doing, it wasn't out of character for him to show heroism.
Johnny is a hero because he saved his friend Ponyboy from a drowning in a pond. He may seem like the opposite of a hero for killing a guy but he also saved his friend from death which is a brave and noble act of heroism. “I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade.” (Hinton 50). He was such a good friend to Ponyboy that he was willing to kill somebody to save him, and that is a true hero. Johnny grew up with the hardest childhood than all the other greasers but still acts like a normal teenager. This is why the greasers admire him and say they wouldn’t be the same without him, that is true heroism.
Despite the many difficulties the Greasers experience throughout SE Hinton’s novel, they are still represented as the heroes of the story. This is evident as throughout the novel all the troubles they experience such as how Johnny killed the Soc Bob, Dally committed criminal acts and Darry struggled to take care of Ponyboy and Sodapop, they always come out on top.
Johnny didn't mean to kill him because he was scared. Also they were drowning ponyboy and Johnny knew they were going to kill him or beat him up so I think that's why he killed bob. It was Self defense because they also had a blade to probably to kill pony. Johnny killed him because he said they were going to beat up like what they did to Johnny.
The first Greaser who showed the most heroism is Johnny Cade. In the beginning of the book, we see Johnny as a scared kid who has had a lot of trauma and hardships in his life. His father beats him, his mother ignores him, and he was brutally beaten up by Socs. Ponyboy describes Johnny by saying, “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” (Pg.11). But even though all of this he still puts others first. The first heroic action Johnny does is being Johnny and surviving through all of the pain in his life. The second noble action Johnny did was kill Bob, a Soc, to save Ponyboy’s life. Johnny tries to explain himself to Ponyboy by saying, “I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade… they were gonna beat me up” (Pg.57). Johnny was scared of the Socs
Did Johnny actually “murder” Bob? Johnny was trying to defend Ponyboy from being drowned and ends up killing Bob. But with my evidence, I’ll prove that Johnny is innocent.