What are some quotes to describe Johnny in The Outsiders?
Can you break the descriptions up by body part (eyes, head, mouth, legs, etc) and provide quotes that show each part's significance to the novel?
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Head: Johnny’s biggest problem is that he is afraid. He is constantly abused by his father, but when he was jumped by the Socs he was badly hurt.
“Johnny was scared of his own shadow” after he was jumped by the Socs when he was sixteen (ch 1).
This problem leads to the fight that causes Johnny to kill Bob, and forces Johnny and Ponyboy to flee.
Eyes: The sight that most affected Johnny was the Soc gang that attacked him. Johnny is generally a nervous wreck. He is concerned that someone is going to attack him when he is outside, and when he is home his father beats him.
“If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny.” (ch 1)
This image shows how others view Johnny as harmless and needing of protection.
Mouth: The most important thing Johnny says is to Ponyboy right before he dies. Johnny is completely changed after being jumped, but the fight in the park changes his life forever. He goes with Ponyboy to the church, where he chooses to save the kids from the fire. This ends his life, too, since he dies from his injuries.
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..." The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died. (ch 9)
This phrase shows that Johnny is a sensitive soul. It is a reference to the Robert Frost poem that he and Ponyboy discussed about the inability to stay innocent and young.
Heart: Johnny and Ponyboy are good friends, but Johnny seems to really like Dally and look up to him.
“Johnny worshiped the ground Dallas walked on, and I had never heard Johnny talk back to anyone, much less his hero.” (ch 2)
Johnny appreciates Dally’s strength and attitude, and knows that Dally looks after him.
Gut: Johnny seems to have an instinct about what is going to happen. He tells Ponyboy that he has had it with his life.
"I can't take much more." Johnny spoke my own feelings. "I'll kill myself or something." (ch 3)
This is a prophetic statement because it was not long after this that Johnny and Ponyboy got in the fight that caused them to flee and eventually led them to the church that cost Johnny his life.
Arms: Johnny would embrace the gang. Johnny needs his friends, because his home life is so terrible. Ponyboy notes that they are the only family Johnny has.
“If it hadn't been for the gang, Johnny would never have known what love and affection are.” (ch 1)
Ponyboy is very sensitive, and appreciates Johnny’s sensitivity.
Clothing: Johnny wears a jeans jacket.
Legs: Johnny flees to the church in the country with Ponyboy after killing Bob.
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