The Outsiders: Is Johnny A Hero?

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A hero is one who would do something others would not, or step in the line of danger for someone, or something. Many people think of heros as soldiers, and policemen, but there are many more than that. Like we have seen on the news, during school emergencies teachers put themselves in danger by protecting the students, proving being a hero does not require physical strength. In S.E. Hinton’s novel, The Outsiders, the character of Johnny is seen as a hero when he helps save the kids from the fire, and protects Ponyboy when he is being attacked by Bob. Johnny is also perceived as a an anti-hero by running away after killing Bob. Mike DeForest’s article published on, “Boy, 10, rescues kids from fire at Orange County motel” also shows how Isiah was a hero when he pulled two children out of a burning building.…show more content…
This quote comes from the part of the story when Johnny kills Bob to save Ponyboy, "Yeah" His voice quavered slightly. "I had to. They were drowning you, Pony, They might have killed you. And they had a blade...they were going to beat me up..." (Hinton 57). This quote says that Johnny saves Ponyboy’s life. This quote shows that Johnny will kill someone in order to protect his friends. It also shows that Johnny values the lives of his friends more than risking his freedom by possibly ending up in prison for murder. Subsequently, Johnny also does something else that makes him a
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