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How is Dally considered a hero in The Outsiders?  

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bsequeira12 | eNoter

Posted May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM via web

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How is Dally considered a hero in The Outsiders?

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM (Answer #1)

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The papers made Dally a hero for saving Johnny in the incident with the fire.

When Johnny and Ponyboy rescue the kids from the fire in the abandoned church where they are hanging out, Dally rescues Johnny.  Later the papers describe them as juvenile delinquents turned heroes, and none of them are happy out it.  Two-bit says that they were always heroes, and Dally does not want to be called a hero at all.

For once, there weren't any charges against Dally, and I knew he'd be mad because the paper made him out a hero for saving Johnny and didn't say much about his police record, which he was kind of proud of. (ch 7, p. 107)

Unfortunately, Johnny does not survive.  He succumbs to his injuries in the hospital and dies.  Ponyboy returns to school, where some people respect what he and his friends have done, and others give him a wide berth.  Dally eventually commits suicide by cop out of grief when Johnny dies. 

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