What are some quotes that can be used for symbolic body parts of Johnny Cade from The Outsiders?I need some direction for this assignment. I already have quotes for his head, eyes, mouth, heart,...

What are some quotes that can be used for symbolic body parts of Johnny Cade from The Outsiders?

I need some direction for this assignment. I already have quotes for his head, eyes, mouth, heart, gut, arms, clothing, and legs/feet. I need ideas for more body parts that symbolize something about Johnny's character.

Please do not use the body parts already put above. Please include page numbers for each one for support. I need a Total of 9 body parts by tomorrow. 

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Johnny Cade is a very sensitive young man.  Some extra body parts you could use to represent him would be hands and back.

Johnny is a timid boy.  He looks small and young for his age, and he has been beaten up by both his father and the Soc gang that jumped him.  Johnny is therefore nervous and twitchy.

Johnny uses his hands to kill Bob.  When he kills Bob, he is thinking of how they beat him before.  He kills Bob in self-defense, because although Bob is young he is also a mean drunk.

I looked at Johnny's hand. He was clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt. My stomach gave a violent jump and my blood turned icy. (ch 4, p. 57)

Johnny feels terrible about killing the boy.  Because of this, they have to flee.

Johnny breaks his back trying to rescue kids from a fire.  In the countryside, Johnny and Ponyboy hide out in an old abandoned church.  The church catches on fire when there are some kids inside having a school picnic.  Ponyboy, Dally, and Johnny go to save them.  Ponyboy passes out, Dally is burnt, and Johnny breaks his back.

A piece of timber caught him across the back-he might have a broken back, and he was burned pretty severely. He passed out before he got out the window. (ch 9, p. 96)

Johnny’s death is a sad occasion, but he dies doing a noble act.  Ponyboy notes that he was having the time of his life when saving those kids.  He was not his usual timid self.

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