Outsider In The Outsiders

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“A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.” (Andrew Bernstein). In the novel “The Outsiders,” written by S.E. Hinton, we are introduced to several characters from the lower class “Greasers” including the main characters Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston, and Johnny Cade and their struggles in a society where each feels like an outsider. A society where they are desperately trying to fit in. All the while they are having to deal with the rich, high class clique the “Socs.” When one evening an encounter between the rival gangs results in the death of one of the “Socs” at the hands of one of the “Greasers”, they finally come together and realize no matter where or what class they are from, things are rough…show more content…
He stood by Johnny's side even after he murdered the “Soc,” Bob, supporting him because he knew that Johnny needed someone to stay with him and help him get through this difficult time. “I'm sure. It ain't fair for Ponyboy to have to stay up in that church with Darry and Soda worryin' about him all the time.” (p.87). Ponyboy along with Dallas and Johnny saved the children from the burning church. He knew, as did Johnny that they were the ones who accidentally set the church in flames, so saving the children’s lives no matter the outcome of his own was the least he could do. “I'll get them, don't worry!” I started at a dead run for the church and the man caught my arm.”(p.91). Even not feeling well, Ponyboy still fought in the rumble. The “Greasers” know that they must be loyal to each other because each other is all they have. Ponyboy knew that his friends needed him so he fought. “You've lost weight and you don't look so great, kid. You're tensed up too much.” (p.134). “Oh, no, I thought in mortal fear, I've got to be in it. Right then the most important thing in my life was helping us whip the Socs. Don’t let him make me stay home now. I've got to be in it.”…show more content…
Dallas saved Ponyboy and Johnny's lives from the burning church. “Greasers” protect each other like their own family. Although Dallas had a tough shell on the outside he also had a soft side when it came to protecting the two others. “When you jumped out of the church. I meant to hit you just hard enough to knock you down and put out the fire.” (P.124). “But I remembered Dally pulling Johnny through the window of the burning church,” (p.154). Dallas was the one who gave Ponyboy and Johnny a gun so they could defend themselves in Windrixville. This could have resulted in a lot of trouble for Dallas with the police but this showed how he would do anything to protect the ones he loves. “Dally giving us his gun, although it could mean jail for him.” (p.154). Dallas would do whatever was in his power to make sure that Johnny would not have to endure or face the same things he had to. He had a rough life rougher than anyone could ever imagine and he could not bear to have this happen to Johnny. Dally saw that things were starting to go wrong for Johnny and he just knew he had to do something to stop this. “I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. - You get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to
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