I need three characteristics for Johnny Cade in the book The Outsiders.I have to write an essay on the book The Outsiders. In this essay, I must give three characteristics and examples of why this...

I need three characteristics for Johnny Cade in the book The Outsiders.

I have to write an essay on the book The Outsiders. In this essay, I must give three characteristics and examples of why this characteristic best suits my character and the page number, if possible. The character that I chose is Johnny Cade.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Johnny Cade is the smallest of all the greasers in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. He is also the youngest of the boys (next to Ponyboy), and because of his size and age, he is a target of the Socs. Johnny was badly beaten prior to the beginning of the novel, and he has taken to carrying a knife for protection. Johnny's home life is a sad one: His father beats him often, and his parents argue all the time, so Johnny spends most of his time with his greaser pals. 

     "I think I like it better when the old man's hittin' me," Johnny sighed. "At least then I know he knows who I am... I stay away all night, and nobody notices... I ain't got nobody." (Chapter 3)

Johnny has dark features, with "big black eyes in a tanned face" and jet-black hair "heavily greased and combed to the side"--longer than the other boys since it "fell in shaggy bangs across the forehead" (Chapter 1). He is nervous by nature, always looking over his shoulder in case another Soc is nearby. Johnny and Pony are best buddies, but Johnny practically hero-worships Dallas Winston, who, like the other greasers, treat Johnny as their pet. The other greasers all love Johnny, in part because of his bad family life and his bad luck with the Socs, and in part because he is a loyal, sensitive boy. 

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He is sociable because he brought everyone together in the group. He is courages because he stabbed Bob in the back in a multiple man assault on his friend. He is lovable by everyone in the group.

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