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Discuss Dally's advice to Johnny about his parents in The Outsiders.

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In chapter six, Johnny informs Dally that he is going to turn himself in because it is not fair to Ponyboy and his brothers to remain cooped up in the abandoned church. After Dally comments that Darry and Sodapop are extremely worried about Pony, Johnny questions Dally if his parents asked about him at all. Dally responds by saying,

"No . . . they didn't. Blast it, Johnny, what do they matter? Shoot, my old man don't give a hang whether I'm in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter. That don't bother me none." (Hinton, 75)

Similar to Johnny, Dally also comes from a dysfunctional home and has parents who don't love or care about him at all. However, Dally is tough enough to deal with their callous demeanor...

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