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Characterization: The Outsiders ?So i need to do this characterization assignment that...

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briavan | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2010 at 6:08 AM via web

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Characterization: The Outsiders ?

So i need to do this characterization assignment that is due by the end of last period tomorrow, and i have no idea what character to do. You have to pick 2 characteristics of the character, and then write something about them.
So can you please give me 2 characteristics of one of the characters in the book, and an example! Thankss so friggin much you guys!


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torontoteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Probably the most sympathetic character in the novel is Johnny Cade. He seemed to have been thursted into the gang lifestyle while still holding on to his sensitive side. Unlike the other Greasers, Johnny is quiet and generally keeps to himself.

Two significant characteristics of Johnny are:

(1) His sense of morality. Johnny has a strong understanding of right from wrong despite being from the 'wrong side of the tracks'. He advocates for peace when the Greasers want to retaliate, and he almost intuatively saves Ponyboy when he is faced with danger.

(2) His bravery. Johnny sacrifices himself to save the children from the fire, even when knowing the risks. His bravery seems to stem from constantly being 'kicked around' due to his size, and his treatment from the mainstream society. It is his bravery and selflessness that makes Johnny's death the tragedy of the novel.

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