The Outsiders


"She's probably come to tell me about all the trouble I'm causing her and about how glad her and the old man'll be when I'm dead. Well, tell her to leave me alone. For once" ---his voice broke--- "for once just to leave me alone." He was struggling to sit up, but he suddenly gasped, went whiter than the pillowcase, and passed out cold.

Talk about the reasons why Johnny and his family have come to this state. Why is the whole situation a tragedy?

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Johnny's family is together but dysfunctional. His father beats him, his mother acts as if she doesn't know him, and she's an alcoholic to boot. It must have been hard not to exist, to know that know matter what you did there wouldn't be anyone looking for you..... anyone waiting up for you when you came home.

Because of this, Johnny doesn't try to attract attention, is rather shy, and he avoids violence when the gangs fight. The gang is his family.... they are the people who care about him. This is why Johnny turns his mother away at the hospital.... it was too little too late.


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