How did Dally 's beliefs guide his actions?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dally is authentic in how his beliefs guide his actions.  He stands up for Johnny, and this is one of his beliefs that guide his actions.  He looks out for Johnny during the rumbles.  He helps him when he is in trouble.  When Johnny dies, Dally's spirit of hope and care dies with him.  At the same time, Dally does not shy from his belief of intense hatred for the Socs and what they represent.  Dally does not mollify his beliefs in any way.  His sense of anger and resentment fuels his hatred of the Socs and his actions represent this.  Dally is transparent in his own past run- ins with legal and social problems. This is a part of his being, as Dally does not use his past as an excuse or as something from which to flee.  Rather, Dally understands that his past is a part of his belief system.  He understands who he is, what he has been, and how this influences how he will always be seen and perceived.  For Dally, the way he ends his life is reflective of his beliefs:  Challenging authority, being seen as a threat when he really is misunderstood, and standing up for something larger than himself.