How is Johnny Cade A Hero?
In the first place, Johnny Cade is “the gang’s pet” (page 12) Ponyboy portrays Johnny as a “a little dark lost puppy” and a “puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers”(both from page 11) He is just 16 years old and Johnny has a truly harsh life. His dad was continually beating him, and his mom ignored him. He was the second-youngest and smallest among the greasers and had a slight form. Johnny has dark features, with “big black eyes in a tanned face” and “jet-black hair, heavily greased and combed to the side” longer than the other boys since it “fell in shaggy bangs across the forehead (all from page 11). As indicated by Ponyboy, Johnny had gotten beat up by four Socs before this story started. “‘I had never been jumped, but I had seen Johnny after the four Socs got hold of him, and it wasn’t pretty. Johnny was scared of his own shadow after that.(page 4)’” He is anxious by nature, continually looking behind him in case another Soc is nearby. The other greasers all love Johnny, for the most part in view of his terrible family life and his bad with the Socs, and that that he is a loyal, sensitive boy.
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