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Why do think Johnny wasn't scared despite the obvious danger in chapter six page 92?

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lilo505 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 10, 2007 at 9:09 AM via web

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Why do think Johnny wasn't scared despite the obvious danger in chapter six page 92?

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lolmanrocks | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM (Answer #3)

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lol idk the answer!


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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 10, 2007 at 9:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Johnny is a hero at heart.  He cares about people, as shown by his efforts to save Ponyboy.  Unlike fighting, this situation has has a clear right and wrong.  He knows that he and Ponyboy started the fire in that church, and he knows that it is his responsibilty to take action to save the children.  In Johnny's mind, the fire isn't like the danger that is posed by the Socs.  The fire isn't vindicative and it doesn't want to cause pain - it doesn't think.  It is just there, and just like he attacked Bob to save Ponyboy, it is just something he has to face in order to save the innocent.


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mpegram | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 12, 2007 at 1:16 AM (Answer #2)

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People are what matter to Johnny the most--the important people in his life, especially Dally and Ponyboy, as well as the children who were trapped in the church; children who needed saving much like Johnny had needed from his abusive parents.

Like most heroic figures, one of the traits that make them heroic is the ability to put others first. He put Ponyboy first in the fight with the Socs, and he put the children first in the fire. The fact that he could do something to save them brought new energy to his life and allowed him to face the danger without fear.

Johnny spent much of his life trying to be invisible, trying to survive. Saving the children from the fire gave him purpose and meaning that helped him transcend his struggles.

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ojones123 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM (Answer #4)

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This sounds very much like a homework question. I HIGHLY recommend you do not cheat on homework, because you learn to search everything and don't think.

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