How does what the doctor first say on page 119 in "The Outsiders" foreshadow Johnny's condition?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 7, Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry finally get a chance to speak to the doctor about Dally and Johnny's condition. Initially, the doctor does not want to elaborate on Dally and Johnny's condition because the Curtis brothers are not family, but he eventually elaborates on Dally and Johnny's health. The doctor begins by telling the boys that Dally will be alright. He then elaborates on Johnny's condition by telling them that Johnny has suffered a broken back and has severe burns all over his lower body. The doctor also mentions that Johnny has been continually calling for Dallas and Pony. The doctor then tells the Curtis brothers that if Johnny lives, he will be crippled for the rest of his life. The doctor's comment foreshadows Johnny's tragic death later on in the novel.

cldbentley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The doctor's directions to let Ponyboy and Two-Bit in to see Johnny because "it can't hurt now" indicates that he has little hope that Johnny will survive.  At this point, the damage has been done and Johnny will probably die, but nothing more can be done to save him.  The doctor seems to want to allow the boys the opportunity to say their goodbyes.

adamlee65 | Student

On page 119 of The Outsiders, Johnny and Two-Bit are in the hospital to see Johnny. However, the nurses won’t let them see him because he is in critical condition. Soon, the doctor finds out what is going on and tells the nurse to let the boys in because “it can’t hurt now”. 

This foreshadows that for Johnny has little hope of surviving. The damage done to him is over and Johnny will most likely die. Therefore, the doctor is allowing the boys to say their goodbyes to Johnny before he dies.

On page 119 of The Outsiders, Johnny and Two-Bit are in the hospital to see Johnny. However, the nurses won’t let them see him because he is in critical condition. Soon, the doctor finds out what is going on and tells the nurse to let the boys in because “it can’t hurt now”. 

This foreshadows that for Johnny has little hope of surviving. The damage done to him is over and Johnny will most likely die. Therefore, the doctor is allowing the boys to say their goodbyes to Johnny before he dies.

lolmanrocks | Student

Johnny is going to die NO!! THIS CANT END LIKE THiS !!!!!!!!! WHY!! :( :'(

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