How do we contrast Ponyboy's and Dally's reaction to Johnny's death in "The Outsiders"?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Johnny dies, Dally's reaction is violent.  He punches the wall and runs out of the hospital.  We find out later that he robs a store and the police shoot him down in the street because he draws an unloaded gun.  Dally just can't live without Johnny.  He feels lost, alone, and guilty.  He simply blows up emotionally.  Ponyboy takes the death and internalizes it.  He goes home, tells his family that Johnny is dead and "Dally is going to blow."  Then later when one of the Socs comes to visit him he gets totally distraught when the statement is made that Johnny is dead.  Ponyboy starts screaming , "Johnny is not dead."  Darry tells the boy to leave and the doctors said that Ponyboy will face the tragedy in his own way, in his own time.  Ponyboy writes the story for his teacher.

zumba96 | Student

Dally was trying to rob a store and he brought the gun out to get himself killed. Dally believes Johnny is his best friend and nothing is the same without him. With that he tries to get himself killed so he can join him and pulls out an unloaded gun/ 

ik9744 | Student

Dally decided to rob a store and pull a gun out to get himself killed while Ponyboy just mourn with the others.

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