What was Johnny's favorite part of Gone with the Wind? Of whom did it remind him?

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In S.E. Hinton's 1967 novel, The Outsiders , the character of Johnny is among the story's more tragic, long before this young boy's fate is even determined. As readers of Hinton's classic know, Johnny carries within himself the emotional wounds inflicted at the hands of sadistic Socs, and it is...

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In S.E. Hinton's 1967 novel, The Outsiders, the character of Johnny is among the story's more tragic, long before this young boy's fate is even determined. As readers of Hinton's classic know, Johnny carries within himself the emotional wounds inflicted at the hands of sadistic Socs, and it is Johnny who kills a Soc in order to save his friend Ponyboy, the story's narrator, from being drowned. And, it is Johnny who will display heroism in the act of rescuing children from the burning church, but who will die from the burns and smoke inhalation suffered in that effort. It is in Chapter 5 of The Outsiders, that Ponyboy reveals his friend's love of Margaret Mitchell's novel of the Civil War-era American South, Gone With the Wind. As the two boys hide in the old church following the stabbing of the Soc, Ponyboy describes his friend's infatuation with Mitchell's novel -- an infatuation that the narrator takes pains to place in the context of Johnny's difficulties as a student:

"Johnny sure did like that book, although he didn't know anything about the Civil War and even less about plantations, and I had to explain a lot of it to him. . .He was especially stuck on the Southern gentlemen- -- impressed with their manners and charm.

"I bet they were cool ol' guys," he said, his eyes glowing, after I had read the part about them riding into sure death because they were gallant. "They remind me of Dally."

"Dally," of course, is Dallas Winston, one of the more hardened of the Greasers. Dally is a tough kid with a track record of physical and emotional toughness, and Johnny is far more enamored of this "role model" than is Ponyboy, who notes that, "of all of us, Dally was the one I liked least." What Johnny admires so much about Dally, though, is precisely the latter's willingness to stand tough in the face of threats from Socs and cops alike, and to stand-by his friends. Johnny's love of Mitchell's novel is a theme that runs throughout Hinton's story. In Chapter 8, with Johnny lying in the hospital fighting for his life following the aforementioned heroics, the theme of Southern courage exemplified in Gone With the Wind is revived:

"Johnny almost grinned as he nodded. "Tuff enough," he managed, and by the way his eyes were glowing, I figured Southern gentlemen had nothing on Johnny Cade."

So much does Mitchell's novel mean to Johnny that Two-Bit, another Greaser, is dispatched to a store to get a new copy for Johnny. Prior to the church fire, Johnny is defined as much as anything by the emotional scars he wears following his beating at the hands of the Socs. Now, however, he will forever be remembered for his act of courage. He has, in his final hours, become that which he admires from Margaret Mitchell's novel. 

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In Chapter 5, Johnny and Ponyboy are hiding out at the abandoned church in Windrixville, and they begin to read the novel Gone With the Wind to pass the time. Ponyboy mentions that Johnny didn't know a lot about the Civil War and the setting of the novel, but is amazed at Johnny's ability to grasp the deeper meanings of the text. Johnny's favorite moment of the novel was when the Southern gentlemen rode into battle knowing that they would surely die. Johnny tells Ponyboy that the Southern gentlemen were gallant and says that they reminded him of Dally. Ponyboy is confused at first because Dally lacks manners and respect, which are predominant character traits of every Southern gentleman. Johnny then tells Ponyboy how Dally was gallant when he was picked up by the cops one night. Johnny says that Dally kept his cool and took the blame for a crime that Two-Bit committed. Ponyboy finally understands why Johnny looks up to Dally so much after he tells him the story of Dally's gallant attitude.

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During an altercation with the Socs, Johnny accidentally stabbed and killed Bob. Bob, Randy, and three other Socs almost drowned Ponyboy, forcing Johnny to use his switchblade in self-defense. After the unfortunate turn of events, Johnny and Ponyboy were forced to go into hiding. Dally directed them to take a train to the countryside and asked them to hide in an old church on Jay mountain.

At the hideout, Johnny got Ponyboy a paperback copy of Gone with the Wind and hoped it would keep them busy. The boys killed time by reading the book and playing poker. Ponyboy was surprised that Johnny liked the book despite not knowing much about the setting of the story. Pony added that Johnny was also impressed by the courage expressed by the Southern gentlemen when they were riding to their deaths. In Johnny's opinion, the part reminded him of Dally.

"I bet they were cool ol' guys," he said, his eyes glowing, after I had read the part about them riding into sure death because they were gallant. "They remind me of Dally."

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In "The Outsiders," chapter five, Ponyboy and Johnny Cade have run away to Jay Mountain after accidentally Bob.  While they are "hiding out" Johnny asks Ponyboy to read out loud from "Gone With The Wind."  Johnny's favorite part of the novel involves the Southern Gentlemen.  He thinks they are very "gallant."  He says he especially enjoys the part where they prepare to ride off to war, facing certain death.  Johnny thinks that these guys really remind him of Dally.  He considers Dally to be gallant.

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Johnny's favorite aspect of Gone with the Wind was the gallant southern gentlemen "with their manners and charm," who reminded him of Dallas Winston (76).  Johnny admired their bravery and resolve, and even explained to Ponyboy about how one night Dally got picked up by the police for vandalism that Two-Bit committed.  When the police were tough on Dally, he stayed cool and collected and even took the blame for his buddy.  Even though Johnny was not particularly 'book-smart' at school and had a lower reading level, Ponyboy appreciated just how much his friend enjoyed the novel and was able to get out of it. 

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Johnny's favorite part of Gone with the Wind was when the Southern Gentlemen were riding into war. It reminded him of Dally.

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