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When did Johnny die in "The Outsiders"?

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mojo-man | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2008 at 6:13 AM via web

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When did Johnny die in "The Outsiders"?

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tjfrick | Student , Undergraduate | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 8, 2008 at 6:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Johnny dies at the end of Chapter 9. After the big rumble at the park,Dally grabs Ponyboy and they head to the hospital to tell Johnny that they had beat the Socs and won. Johnny tells Dally that fighting is useless and never accomplishes anything. Dally then tells Johnny all about how the papers are writing stories about how Johnny was a hero and how proud he is of him. Johnny finally gets what he always wanted, acceptance from Dally.

His last words are to Ponyboy. Johnny tells him to stay golden referring to a poem by Robert Frost that Ponyboy had recited to him when they were hiding in the church. Robert Frost is saying that nothing can stay the same forever in the poem. Johnny was telling Ponyboy to be himself and never change.

Johnny then just takes a last breath and peacefully dies with the two people that he loves and respects the most in the world by his side.

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bekkygirl1 | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted March 1, 2009 at 7:02 AM (Answer #2)

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Johnny died later in the book, after escaping half-dead from a flaming church, after saving children from it. He told Ponyboy to 'stay gold,' which is where the theme in the movie comes from. After Johnny's death, Dally loses it, knocking off a grocery store and pointing an empty gun at the cops who come after him. As a result, Dally is shot to death under a lamppost. He basically committed suicide, realizing the Johnny Cade was the only thing that he ever loved.

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total-kinni | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 20, 2010 at 8:50 PM (Answer #3)

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at the end when the Socs lose to the Greasers in the rumble and then Ponyboy and Dally when to see johnny in the hospittle to tel him they one and the doctor told tem they could not see him cuz he waz on his death bed and then he finaly let them go see him cuz he was abot to die. then after they got there he died shortly after... then dally got shot and ponyboy think that dally wanted to die cause johnny died and he didnt want to live without johnny and decited to rob the store with a non loaded gun and the dumb a$$ cops shot him.

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jtylor1234 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted September 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM (Answer #4)

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hello1996 | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2008 at 3:35 AM (Answer #5)

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Johnny dies at the end of chapter 9.After they won the rumble.

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ponyboilover | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 1, 2009 at 4:18 AM (Answer #6)

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Near the end.

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