What are some quotes from Johnny Cade that show bravery in The Outsiders?  

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There are several scenes throughout the novel that portray Johnny Cade's bravery. In Chapter 2, the boys go to the drive-in movies and sit near two Soc girls named Cherry and Marcia. When the boys first spot the girls, Dally sits directly behind them and begins to make rude, offensive comments. Cherry asks Dally to leave them alone, and Dally goes off to buy them Cokes. When he returns with the Cokes, Cherry throws her drink back into his face, and Dally puts his arm around her. Johnny stops Dally and says,

"Leave her alone, Dally." (Hinton 21)

Dally and Ponyboy are both taken back by Johnny's response. Ponyboy knows that Johnny is a quiet, shy individual and Pony never expects him to challenge Dally. Dally listens to Johnny and walks off.

Another scene that depicts Johnny's bravery takes place in Chapter 6 when the boys are hiding out. Dally comes up to visit Johnny and Ponyboy in the abandoned church and takes them to eat at Dairy Queen. While Johnny is eating, he says,

"We're goin' back and turn ourselves in." (Hinton 87)

This is a total surprise to Dally and Ponyboy, but Johnny's comment demonstrates his bravery. Ponyboy understands that Johnny is afraid of the police, but Johnny says,

"It ain't fair for Ponyboy to have to stay up in that church with Darry and Soda worryin' about him all the time." (Hinton 87)

Johnny selflessly recognizes that Ponyboy is innocent, and is willing to try his chances in court. Instead of hiding out like a coward, Johnny bravely decides to do the right thing and turn himself in.

One of Johnny's bravest moments takes place just after they eat at Dairy Queen when he decides to enter the burning church to save the children trapped inside. While Johnny and Ponyboy are in the middle of the fire searching for the children, one of the kids begins to scream for help. Johnny says,

"Shut up! We're goin' to get you out!" (Hinton 92)

Once again, Ponyboy is taken back by Johnny's actions. Ponyboy mentions that Johnny was not acting like himself as he tosses children through an open window. Johnny does not fear the fire and risks his life to save the children.