In "The Outsiders", do you think Johnny knew he was going to die? How did he feel about that?

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In "The Outsiders" by S. E. Hinton, there are several details that lead the reader to assume that Johnny did know that he was going to die.  One example is when Johnny says that he is too young to die. He says that there are too many things he hasn't done yet.  He says that "it isn't fair."  Another example of his fore-knowledge  of his death is that he had the nurse write a note to Ponyboy and stick the note inside his copy of "Gone With The Wind."  He tells Ponyboy to look at the sunrise and to stay "golden."  It is obvious that Johnny doesn't want to die, and he thinks it is unfair for someone his age to die because there is still so much living to be done. 

"Ponyboy finds the letter from Johnny, in which he tells Pony to let Dally know that it was worth it to rescue the children from the church, and that Pony can be whatever he wants to be in life, even though he is a greaser."