Friday, July 10, 2015

Should Johnny Go to Prison?

This is assuming that he survives and can walk.
Some Helps to Find Evidence 

Johnny has had a difficult life:
Pg. 12  His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him except when she was hacked off at something. . . .

pg. 24   Johnny defends Cherry: "Leave her alone, Dally."
and page 25.

pg. 32  The Socs had beaten him badly -- described about halfway down and on. . .
(blue mustang -- kid with rings had left Johnny's face scarred)  had threatened him with. . . .

pg. 34 about the switchblade  -- Johnny had usually been law-abiding

middle of page 41  Johnny is extremely jumpy when the Socs pull up in the blue mustang

page 42-43  Johnny doesn't get mad at Ponyboy when he says that Johnny ain't wanted at home.

middle of page 44 -- blue mustang, 3 heavy rings on Bob's hand
Socs try to start a fight -- they are drunk

page 54  The Socs were out of "their territory"
Socs staggering "reeling pickled"
outnumbered 5 to 2

page 55  Johnny recognized them as the ones that had beaten him up
bottom of page:  Bob threatens them.

page 56  Ponyboy drowning
page 57 "I had to.  . . . .  They were drowning you.  . . They were going to beat me up. . . "

page 57  "We gotta get out of here.  need a gun.  . .
page 58  instead of turning themselves in, they go to find Dally to help them get away and hide.

pg 87  Johnny announces he wants to go back and turn himself in. --  He gives his reasons.

He doesn't have any record with the police -- about mid-page.

page 92  Johnny and Ponyboy go into the burning church to save the children.

Johnny's letter to Ponyboy:  (from the movie)
Listen,I don't mind dying now.It was worth it. It was worth saving those kids.Their lives are worth more than mine,they have more to live for.Some of the parents came by to thank me and I know it was worth it.Tell Dally it was worth it.I'm just gonna miss you guys. I've been thinking about it,and that poem , that guy that wrote it , he meant you are gold when you're a kid,like green. When you're a kid everything is new , dawn. It's just. When just when you get used to everything it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets,Pony. That's Gold. Keep it that way,it's a good way to be.I want you to tell Dally to look at one.He'll probably think you're crazy , but ask for me. I don't think he's ever really seen a sunset.And don't be bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There's still a lot of good in the world.Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your Buddy, Johnny