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Discuss the characterization of Johnny Cade from The Outsiders.

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angelescobar | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 14, 2012 at 6:37 AM via web

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Discuss the characterization of Johnny Cade from The Outsiders.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Johnny Cade is one of the most sympathetic characters in The Outsiders.  Coming from a horrible home life with an abusive father and neglectful mother, Johnny intensely values his place in the gang, because without them he might never understand true kindness or affection.  The greaser gang is like his family.  Nicknamed "Johnny-cake," Johnny has become the 'pet' of the gang; they fiercely protect him after the Socs severely beat Johnny when they jumped him.  Ponyboy comments that Johnny reminds him of a "dark little puppy that has been kicked too many times."  Even hard-hearted Dally Winston has a soft spot for Johnny and treats him like a kid brother. 

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM (Answer #2)

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Johnny was like the pet of the gang. He would always make the gang happy.

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