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Similarities And Differences Between Caxas In The Outsiders

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Friends are like hot chocolate and marshmallows, always better together. Separately, friends can stand alone. When two friends are brought together there is a special connection that is very powerful. Johnny Cade and Dallas Winston both have their similarities and differences in The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Johnny Cade and Dallas Winston both have atrocious home lives. Johnny is constantly mentally and physically abused by his parents. Ponyboy explains this when he says, “His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something” (12). Having such abusive parents has a negative impact on Johnny. Due to Johnny being mistreated at home and another incident with the Socs, he is easily frightened and is in need of protection. If Johnny was not abused, he would be completely different. Johnny would be tougher and less easily startled. Similarly to Johnny, Dally is also badly treated at home. Dally tells Johnny and Pony this when he says, “‘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). Dally repeatedly mentions about how his dad does not care where he is or what is happening to him. If Dally was not so mentally abused by his dad, he would not be forced to become a hoodlum just to protect himself. Dally’s character is built on the way he is treated by his family. If not for his dad, Dally could have a completely different, loving personality. These two characters
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