Why did Dally take Ponyboy to see Johnny after the rumble in The Outsiders?

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In chapter nine, Pony and Dally participate in the rumble against the Socs and end up winning the fight. Immediately after the fight ends, Dally grabs Ponyboy and tells him to hop in Buck Merril's T-bird with him to go see Johnny in the hospital. Dally then takes Pony directly to the hospital because he is aware that Johnny is in critical condition and is on his death bed. Dally is very close to Johnny and desires to see him before he passes away.

When Dally and Pony arrive at the hospital, Dally threatens the doctor and the two boys proceed to visit Johnny, who is in terrible condition and close to dying. After Dally informs Johnny that they beat the Socs in the rumble, Johnny responds by saying that fighting is useless and tells Pony to "Stay gold" before he passes away. After Johnny dies, Dally bursts out of the hospital and Pony begins to walk home to inform the other boys about Johnny's death and Dally's reaction.

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Dally takes Ponyboy to see Johnny because he was very badly hurt and he is dying.

Johnny was injured very badly in the fire at the church.  As a result, he succumbs to his injuries.  After the rumble, Dally takes Ponyboy to see him because he wants him to be able to say goodbye.

Dally tries to muscle his way into Johnny’s room with a switchblade, but the doctor says he doesn’t need the knife.  They can see Johnny because he is their friend.

Johnny is in bad shape.  As Johnny is dying, he is happy that Dally is proud of him.

"Yeah, they're calling you a hero now and heroizin' all the greasers. We're all proud of you, buddy." (ch 9)

Ponyboy is saddened by the fact that Johnny does not look peaceful when he dies.  He just looks dead.  It is the end of Johnny’s struggle.  He was always in pain, from his father’s abuse to the Socs jumping him.  At the very least Johnny is no longer suffering.  As Dally said, he died a hero and made people look at greaers differently.

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