In one sentence, characterize Dally's relationship with Johnny.

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Dally and Johnny share a unique friendship, characterized by similar admiration, mutual respect, and indirect compassion for one another.

Dally and Johnny both come from broken homes and are significant members of the Greaser gang. Johnny views Dally as a hero for his courage and loyal attitude. Dally cares deeply about his good friend Johnny and goes out of his way several times throughout the novel to help Johnny out. Since Dally has a "tough" image to uphold, he seldom displays his compassion for his friend. Dally also views Johnny as his younger brother and even risks his life and freedom for Johnny. There are several scenes throughout the novel that depict Johnny and Dally's true feelings for each other. When the boys go to Dairy Queen to eat, Dally flips out because he doesn't want Johnny to go to jail. Dally displays his love for Johnny by explaining to Johnny how he doesn't want Johnny to end up callous and emotionless like he did. Another scene that depicts their true feelings for one another is when Johnny is lying on his death bed, and he lets Dally know that fighting is useless. Johnny was giving potentially life-saving news to his good friend, but unfortunately, Dally lost his mind after Johnny died.