In The Outsiders, why did Dally want to die?

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On page 160 after Johnny dies when Ponyboy gets home he tells everyone, "Dallas is gone,", I said. "He ran out like the devil was after him.  He's gonna blow up. He couldn't take it."  Then later on page 162 in my edition of "The Outsiders ,"  Ponyboy...

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On page 160 after Johnny dies when Ponyboy gets home he tells everyone, "Dallas is gone,", I said. "He ran out like the devil was after him.  He's gonna blow up. He couldn't take it."  Then later on page 162 in my edition of "The Outsiders,"  Ponyboy thought, "They (the police) don't know you're only bluffing.  And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted."  Dally depended so much on his friendship with Johnny and he felt so guilty about what happened to Johnny that he no longer felt he had anything to live for.  He decided to commit assisted suicide.

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People like Dally who wear an extremely tough-guy demeanor are protecting themselves fiercely from getting hurt.  If they don't care about anything or don't let anyone get close to them, then nothing can cause them harm.  As Ponyboy realizes, Dally only loved one person in his life - Johnny - and when Johnny died, "he couldn't take it", and the Greasers knew that he was "gonna blow up". Dally loved Johnny as he would love a brother, or a child; Johnny's vulnerability and innocence brought out something noble in him, and when Johnny died Dally was left with a huge void and tumultuous feelings he had no idea how to deal with.  When Dally was shot down in a hail of police bullets, he had "a look of grim triumph on his face", and Ponyboy knew that death was what Dally wanted (Chapter 10).

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