How is Dallas considerd a hero? Or why is he a hero?
Dallas Winston is really more of an anti-hero, although he certainly approaches heroic status when he joins Ponyboy and Johnny in the fiery church to save the children inside. Of course, Dally only enters the church because he knows Johnny--his only friend--is in danger, so even this action shows somewhat selfish reasoning. Nothing else in the story shows Dally in a heroic light. His only two other positive actions in the novel reflect the anti-hero persona: When he helps Pony and Johnny to escape to his hideout on Jay Mountain, it shows his loyalty, but it also aids the flight of two boys involved in a killing. When he joins the rumble for his hospital bed, it is for his own gratification; even when he assists the weakened Ponyboy in the fight, he is participating in an illegal activity. Dally's heroic nature only lasts for a few moments at the burning church, and he returns to his true nature immediately thereafter.