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Similarities Between Dally And Johnny

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Melodies and words are satisfactory by themselves, but are extraordinary when together. A melody is exceptional for background music and words are an incredible way to express oneself, but together, they produce one of the greatest power of anything in the universe, music. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, there are bountiful similarities between Dally and Johnny. Consequently, some distinction makes them the individuals they are. There is a myriad of similarities between Dally and Johnny, but one of the countless ways Johnny’s character resembles that of Dally is they both care for one another. A time when this resemblance is delineated in Johnny is when he is dying and in the hospital. “Johnny’s eyes glowed. Dally was proud of him.…show more content…
“‘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). The fact Dally only mentions anybody in his family only once in the story means he and his parents do not interact enough. Also, he even mentions his father in a negative way, stating he never cares about Dally, nor did he take up the responsibility of being there for Dally. It is difficult to live the lives of both Dally and Johnny, while both individuals still live them. In contrast, Dally and Johnny both possess attributes which differentiate themselves, such as the way they die. When Johnny dies, he dies as a heroic figure to plenty of individuals. “‘They’re still writing editorials about you in the paper. For being a hero and all’”(148). When Johnny dies, he dies saving lives, being a hero to the children in the church which was on fire. He helps Ponyboy take the children out of the church and made sure all the children left the church in a safe manner. However, Dally dies in a different way when the cops shoot him. “And even as the policeman’s guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what he wanted”(154). Dally dies a criminal, instead of a hero like Johnny. He robs grocery stores and slashes tires, and he never wants anyone to consider him a hero. In the slight chance Dally dies a hero, he would not be content, because he does not want people to remember him as a hero, but as a criminal so he
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