Explain how you feel about what Ponyboy, Johnny And Dallas did for the kids in the fire.  Are they truly heroes?  Why or why not? In your own opinion

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Those boys were heroes in the sense that they acted selflessly as they went into the fire to help the kids escape.  Selflessness wasn't something they had a lot of practice with, because, through no fault of their own, they spent most of their time and all of their emotional resources protecting and fending for themselves.  Johnny especially was enamored with the idea of the gallant Southern gentleman in Gone With the Wind, and this was the closest he was ever going to get to being the kind of gentleman he so idealized.  Sadly, Johnny's life ended with him reflecting on how much in life he would never experience--while still affirming that going after the kids had been the right thing to do.

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