Why does Johnny threaten to kill himself in The Outsiders?I would just like someone to please anwswer the question.

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Johnny talks about killing himself because things are just getting to be too much for him and he sees no way out.  Besides the fact that his father is abusive and he has no homelife whatsoever, Johnny must deal with poverty and social and socioeconomic inequities he cannot escape.  He and Ponyboy have just met some girls, Cherry Valance and her friend Marcia, and have found they have a lot in common, but they know that these girls can never be friends with them because of they are Socs and Johnny and Ponyboy are Greasers.  Johnny has recently been mercilessly beaten by a group of Socs, and has just narrowly avoided a second confrontation with them because he was seen talking to the Soc girls.  Ponyboy reflects Johnny's thoughts when he thinks, "it (isn't) fair for the Socs to have everything.  We (are) as good as they (are), it (isn't) our fault we (are) Greasers".  Both boys have sensitive natures and share the same futile dream -  they long for a place "without Greasers or Socs, with just people...plain ordinary people".

Johnny says that he won't actually kill himself, but he thinks about it and warns that "he can't take much more" (Chapter 3).

lax170 | Student

One of the reasons is that his parents fight a ton and of cousre the other HUGE one is when he killed Bob!

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hoped this helped!