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What is a specific example of a man versus self conflict in The Outsiders?

A specific example of a man versus self conflict occurs at the movies. Dally is aggressive with the two girls and Cherry talks back to him. This angers Dally, who has a temper. Before he can act, Johnny stands up to him. Dally listens to Johnny, reflecting his strong affection for Johnny. Dally leaves even though he generally never allows people to cause him to lose face in front of others.

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A specific example of a man versus self-conflict in The Outsiders includes a scene at the movies when Johnny and Ponyboy have met Cherry and Marcia and Dally comes over. Dally is a tough character, perhaps the toughest among the greasers. He has seen and done things that Ponyboy cannot even imagine. He is also someone who takes a tough stand with people who give him a difficult time.

He approaches his two greaser friends and begins to speak to the girls—Cherry and Marcia—in a smug and somewhat aggressive manner. Cherry talks back to him, which angers Dally, who has a temper. Before Dally can act, Johnny stands up to him. This is surprising because Johnny is usually such a timid character. He is beaten constantly at home by his father and was also beaten badly by a group of Socs. Despite his nervous temperament, Johnny bravely tells Dally to leave the girls alone. Dally listens to Johnny and goes away.

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