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What characteristics about Johnny display his potenial to be dangerous in "The...

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emorawr | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2008 at 9:37 AM via web

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What characteristics about Johnny display his potenial to be dangerous in "The Outsiders"?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM (Answer #1)

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There are several things in the novel "The Outsiders' that let us know Johnny is at risk for becoming very dangerous.  Johnny is the youngest of the group. He tries his best to emulate Dallas who is probably the roughest of the boys.  Johnny comes from a very abusive home. He has been beaten and he has been hurt many times.  The reader learns that Johnny's parents don't really care if he comes home or not.  Ponyboy states in the novel that Johnny is like a "little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers."  After Johnny was beaten up by the Socs he is always nervous and on edge.  He carries a knife all the time and is ready to draw it if he feels threatened.  Finally, when Johnny thinks the Socs are going to kill Ponyboy, he breaks and stabs Bob.

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asw-rocks | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2008 at 1:26 PM (Answer #2)

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A. Johnny is the youngest and his hero is Dally (Dally use to be a hoodlum)

B. Johnny was beat up by the Soc and carry a 9 in knife which he uses to save Ponyboy.

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