In S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders, Johnny, Darry, Dally, and Ponyboy all go through personality changes from the beginning of the book to the end.
At the beginning of the novel, Johnny is described by Ponyboy as afraid of everything. Ponyboy says this about him:
"Johnny Cade was last and least. If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny."
Ponyboy goes on to say that Johnny is nervous and scared, especially ever since a bad beating from a Soc. You wouldn't expect a timid, cowardly person to murder a person with a knife, but that's what Johnny does to defend his friend. Afterward, he is more scared than ever when he and Ponyboy go to Dally for help. But while he and Ponyboy are hiding out in the church near Windrixville, Johnny gains some courage. He decides that he is going to turn himself in for the murder of Bob, against Dally's advice. This is significant. The old Johnny would never have stood up to
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