Why did Johnny Cade want to read Gone With the Wind at the hospital?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Johnny Cade and Ponyboy are in major trouble and they have to leave town.  While they are hiding out they begin reading Gone With The Wind.  When Johnny was injured and in the hospital he wanted a copy of the novel because he liked how all of the men in the novel sounded like gentlemen and heroes.  He wanted to be a hero.  He enjoyed that the characters in Gone With The Wind always seemed to save people and are genteel. 

Johnny came from a poor background where no one really cared about him.  Yet, he wanted to amount to so much more.  He wanted to make a difference in his life and the life of others.  The men in Gone With The Wind were very different than the people he was used to so he enjoyed reading about them.

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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He wanted to read the book Gone with the Wind at hospital because he didn't finish reading it at the church. Also he wants to write a message or note inside for Ponyboy when he dies.

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