Dally And Johnny In The Outsiders

analytical Essay
657 words
657 words

Some people say that opposite personalities attract. This is true in S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders, Johnny Cade and Dallas Winston have their differences. One is tough cool, and likes to break laws. The other one is passive quiet, and would never think to even shoplift. Even though Dally and Johnny are the complete opposite of each other, they still have their similarities. They both care about each other, and they both happen to have been raised by neglectful and harsh parents. Even though they are different, they still manage to connect with each other. Johnny and Dally don’t have a lot of similarities, but the ones they do share stand out. One of these similarities is the fact that they both have neglectful and/or abusive parents. Dally’s parents don’t give a care in the world about him. “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) This quote shows that no matter where Dallas is or what he is doing, his parents would just just sit back and relax. Dally can do the things he does because he knows his parents won’t be there to stop him from doing them. Similarly, Johnny’s parents are neglectful and abusive. “I think I like it better when the old man’s hittin’ me.”...”At least then I …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how johnny cade and dallas winston have their differences in s.e. hinton's novel, the outsiders. although they are different, they still connect with each other.
  • Analyzes how johnny and dally have neglectful and/or abusive parents, and how this makes them closer to each other.
  • Analyzes how both dally and johnny are similar, but they look to each other for completely different reasons.
  • Analyzes how johnny and dally don't follow laws the same way, and how their actions are affected by their personalities.
  • Analyzes how dally and johnny have very different outlooks on life. both have aggressive and tough personalities, while johnny is passive and nervous.

Dally doesn’t like laws. In fact, he tries to break them as much as possible. “He went around trying to break laws.” (20) Dally has nothing better to do because of his neglectful parents trying to avoid him. Because of this he spends his time robbing stores and slashing tires for fun. On the other hand, Johnny is extremely law-abiding. “Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny who was the most law-abiding of us..”(34) Johnny doesn’t break the laws because he doesn’t want to go to jail because he is fragile. He also doesn’t want to have his parents beat him and yell at him. Dally and Johnny’s actions are also affected by their

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