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What are some words that describe Johnny Cade from The Outsiders novel?

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lucky-lucky-l... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 31, 2011 at 5:37 AM via web

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What are some words that describe Johnny Cade from The Outsiders novel?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 31, 2011 at 6:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Johnny Cade is the smallest and second-youngest of the greaser gang in The Outsiders. Ponyboy describes Johnny as the "last and least" of the group. He is compared to a "little dark puppy who has been kicked too many times." He is slightly built, with jet-black eyes and greasy, jet-black hair that is combed on one side, with "shaggy bangs across his forehead." He is also the darkest of all the greasers, both in complexion--he is heavily tanned--and in spirit. He had "a nervous, suspicious look in his eyes," and he is also nervous and jumpy after the severe beating he takes from the Socs, which leave him with a scar "from his temple to his cheekbone."

Johnny is the gang's pet--the little brother to all of them; Soda sometimes calls him "Johnnycake." He is shy, and his ears get red when he is embarrassed. He cries fairly easily. He has a soft and sensitive side, which he displays on Jay Mountain while hiding out with Pony. He also proves to be quite insightful, explaining the meaning of the poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay," before he dies.

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jessicajaworski | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM (Answer #2)

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This did help, thankyou :)

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