What condition is Johnny in after the fire in "The Outsiders"?no

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 6, Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally return to the abandoned church on Jay Mountain to discover it is on fire and there are children inside. Ponyboy and Johnny courageously enter the burning church and begin throwing the defenseless children to safety. After all the children make it to safety, Johnny saves Ponyboy's life by shoving him out of a window. When Ponyboy turns back to reenter the burning building to save Johnny, a massive beam falls from the crumbling ceiling and lands on Johnny's back. Despite the fact that Dally is able to drag Johnny from the church and save his life, Johnny suffers a broken back and is in critical condition. In the hospital, the doctors tell Johnny he will never be able to walk again. Johnny struggles to survive for a few days after suffering his terrible injuries and has an emotional conversation with Ponyboy about his physical condition. Unfortunately, Johnny is unable to recover from his injuries and dies in the hospital.

dswain001 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While trying to save the last of the children from the church, the roof begins to collapse on the boys. Johnny pushes Ponyboy out of the building just as a large piece of timber falls on top of him.

Johnny receives severe third degree burns on much of his body. His back is broken and the doctors inform Darry and Ponyboy that Johnny will most likely be paralyzed if he survives his injuries. While Ponyboy and Dallas soon recover from their injuries, Johnny seems to get worse as the days pass. He hangs on for about a week before he finally succumbs to his injuries. He passes away the night of the rumble. Ponyboy and Dallas arrive just as Johnny passes away.


dragonoid | Student

It says that Johnny was in critical condition and that he broke his back after the piece of wood hit him.


matthiasb | Student

Ponyboy says " His back had been broken when that piece of timber fell on him. He was in severe shock and suffering from third-degree burns"

aprovan | Student

good condition.Probably the best condition of his life I think. No but he is in critical condition in the hospital with horrible burns on his body and he broke his back after a large burning timber fell on him while he was saving some kids in a burning church. He says he can't feel anything from the waist down

ladycomic | Student

He is not in a very good condition. He has spinal injuries and is severely burned.

ik9744 | Student

Johnny was in a very bad condition after the wood collapsed on his back.

emilycollins | Student