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

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While Johnny is in the hospital, he tells Two-Bit that he would like him to bring the novel Gone With the Wind to him in order to pass the time. Johnny had admired the Southern gentlemen throughout the story, and enjoyed when Ponyboy would read to him in the abandoned church on Jay Mountain. The two boys never had a chance to finish the novel, and Johnny enjoyed it so much that he felt like finishing it while he was in the hospital. Johnny had mentioned to Ponyboy that he felt that the Southern gentlemen were gallant heroes in the story. The characters in the novel inspire Johnny and he can identify with them. Johnny also does not have many visitors. While Johnny is engaged in the novel, he probably forgets about his circumstances and simply enjoys reading in the hospital bed. 

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

ik9744 | Student

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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