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Why does Johnny like it better when his father is hitting him?

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sunnydays123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2007 at 9:40 AM via web

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Why does Johnny like it better when his father is hitting him?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 22, 2007 at 11:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Johnny says this after Ponyboy tells him about the fight with Darry.  Pony is upset not only because Darry hit him, but because Darry is always nagging him.  Johnny prefers it when his dad is hitting him because, as he says, it is these times when Johnny feels like his father knows that he is there.  Hinton is letting us know that Johnny is often ignored by his parents, a theme that will come up again when Johnny realizes that his parents haven't asked about him after his disappearance. 

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rockyc95 | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM (Answer #2)

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Johnny "likes" it better when his father beats him becuase he feels that it's the only time his father actually acknowledges his existance. Johnny he's never had a true family like Ponyboy; a loving family that'll always look after you.

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schunir123 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM (Answer #3)

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Johnny prefers it when his dad is hitting him because, as he says, it is these times when Johnny feels like his father knows that he is there.


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