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How did Ponyboy and Dally handle Johnny's death in The Outsiders?

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avadakedavra | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM via web

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How did Ponyboy and Dally handle Johnny's death in The Outsiders?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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In the book The Outsiders Ponyboy was upset over Johnny's death.  He was still not feeling well and having headaches, but he contemplated on his loss.  Initially, Ponyboy has trouble accepting that Johnny is dead.  He recalls just a short time ago Johnny telling him to stay golden.  He had just been with him.  Ponyboy won't let anyone touch him.

Dallas, Dally, externalizes his anger and loss.  He can not handle Johnny's death.  Johnny was the only one he had really loved in the world and now he is gone.  Dallas robs a grocery store.  He sets himself up for self-destruction.  He calls the boy's house and tells them what he had done.  In the end of the story, Ponyboy applies his grief to paper as he tells the story of the Greasers.

Dally has a gun on him but it is not loaded.  The police cars are chasing after him as the boys arrive at the scene.  Dally raises the empty gun and the police fire at him killing him.  Dallas has committed suicide in his own way.  He had wanted to die.

"Dallas Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted."(154)

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