The Outsiders essays
In the book "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton there are many dynamic characters. The character that changes the most in the book is Johnny Cade. The aspects that this essay will show are; how he is at the beginning, what events cause change and how he is represented at the end of the book.
Firstly, Johnny starts off as a quiet suspicious person. In the beginning of the book Ponyboy describes Johnny as and I quote "If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny" (p.11). This immediately makes you think that Johnny has had a rough time. It also states that "He had a nervous, suspicious look in his eyes, and that beating he got from the Soc's didn't help matters" (p.11). It also explains that he gets beaten by his father and yelled at by his mother a lot or she just ignores him. He even is quiet and suspicious when he was around his friends, this has been caused by his upbringing and the problems he has faced along the way. All these things add up to make the scared, nervous Johnny that is known as the gangs pet.
Many event's in Hinton's novel facilitate change. Thefirst event that changes Johnny is at the movie when Dally is putting his arm around Cherry and Johnny told him not to which was unusual for Johnny because "Johnny worshipped the ground Dallas walked on, and I never heard Johnny talk back to anyone, much less his hero" (p. 25). The second incident that changes him is in the park when him and Pony are jumped by the Soc's and he kills Bob. This is a real turning point for Johnny in the book because everyone thought he would use his switchblade but not kill anyone with it. The next event that changes Johnny is the time him and Pony spend at the church. They have a lot of time to think and that is what Johnny does when he is there