In Chapter 2 of The Outsiders, why does Dally look sick now?I can't find the answer anywhere!

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 2, Ponyboy tells Cherry the story about how Johnny was severely beaten by a gang of Socs two months ago and describes Dally's horrified reaction to finding his close friend in such terrible condition. Ponyboy says that one night, they were leaving the DX station when they came across Johnny's blue jean jacket on the street. The boys then heard the low moans coming from the other side of the lot and found Johnny lying on the ground and bleeding badly. Ponyboy recalls seeing Dally's reaction to finding Johnny and mentions that Dally turned away with a sick expression on his face. Ponyboy initially wonders how Dally could seem so disgusted after finding Johnny in such bad condition, because Dally was known as the most callous individual in the gang. Ponyboy says,

"Dally was there, too, swearing under his breath, and turning away with a sick expression on his face" (Hinton, 30).

Essentially, Dally views Johnny as a younger brother and is sickened to find him cut, bruised, and bleeding badly. Johnny is one of the few people Dally actually cares about in life, and Dally is sickened to see him suffering on the ground.

dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dally looks sick because he has just seen that Johnny, the one person he cares about in the whole world, has taken a horrible beating.

When Johnny is beaten by a gang of Socs, the Greasers find him and are stunned at how bad he looks.  His "face (is) cut up and bruised and swollen, and there (is) a wide gash from his temple to his cheekbone"; he would carry the scar from that gash all his life.  Johnny's white T-shirt is "splattered with blood", and he is lying so still, the boys think he might be dead.  Ponyboy thinks that "surely nobody could be beaten like that and live".

When Dally arrives at the scene he takes one look at Johnny and turns away "with a sick expression".  Dally had "seen people killed on the streets of New York's West Side", and is no stranger to violence, yet he looks sick now because Johnny is special to him.  Despite his brutal home life, Johnny retains an innocence and sense of purity that has managed to penetrate the hard shell Dally has built around himself.  Dally cares about few people in the world, but he loves Johnny, and to see someone he truly cares about so badly hurt makes even Dally look sick (Chapter 2).

jotu123 | Student

Because he can not tolerate this scene