Why did Dally pull the gun on the police in The Outsiders?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Following the greasers' triumphant battle with the Socs at the rumble, Dally and Pony sped off to tell Johnny about their victory. But Johnny had only a few moments of life left, and he told them that fighting wasn't the answer to their problems before he died. Johnny's death devastated...

See
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Following the greasers' triumphant battle with the Socs at the rumble, Dally and Pony sped off to tell Johnny about their victory. But Johnny had only a few moments of life left, and he told them that fighting wasn't the answer to their problems before he died. Johnny's death devastated Dally, and it was the last straw for him. He could see no reason to continue living, so he robbed the market with an unloaded gun, and while running to meet up with Darry and the rest of the boys, he was confronted by police. Dally chose to die, waving the gun at the police who, not realizing it was empty, killed Dally in the street. He chose suicide-by-cop rather than trying to go on with life without his best pal.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team