In S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, why would Two-Bit think Johnny, Dally and Pony were heroes all along, even before they save the kids?

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The newspaper headlines the next day after the church burning says "Juvenile Delinquents Turn Heroes" (107). Two-Bit makes the argument, "What I like is the 'turn' bit, . . . Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden" (107). Not much else is discussed about Two-Bit's insight because it is left for the reader to discern. Two-Bit points out that people are who they really are on the inside, not just what is seen on the surface. Basically, just because the Greasers are labeled as hoods or "delinquents" doesn't change who they are inside. In fact, according to Two-Bit's statement, it can be inferred that heroes aren't just spontaneously created, but they're born. Two-Bit must believe that that Johnny and Pony didn't change their characters in any way and had the hearts of heroes from birth.

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