'The Outsiders' – S by yangxichun


									                 ‘The Outsiders’ Essay Plan: Dally the hero?
Essay Question: "He was a dead juvenile delinquent and there wouldn't
be any editorials in his favour. Dally didn't die a hero. He died violent
and young and desperate, just like we al knew he'd die someday"
Examine the character Dallas Winston (Dally) and discuss whether S.E.
Hinton has created his character as a hero or a delinquent.

Included the following:
     the title (‘The Outsiders),
     the author’s name (S.E. Hinton),
     a brief summary,
     explanation of heroes and villains, and
     key words from the question (heroic / trouble).

The ‘Body’ of the Essay: Rules to Follow!
Every paragraph follows the structure below:
    Topic Sentence - a sentence that makes it clear what your
      paragraph will be about (you will find a list of possible topic sentences
       which you could use below but remember, you must make it your own).
      Give the context - explain what is happening in the novel and
       why it is relevant for the question your essay is answering
      Quotation - this is where you use evidence from the text to
       support your argument (See quotation bank)
      Analysis - explain why this makes you feel sorry for Johnny. Try to
       be detailed and give a clear enough reason.

   Summarise why Dally Winston is such an interesting character
     and why you feel that he could be seen as both a hero and a
     delinquent. State whether you felt he was more heroic or
     troublesome and why you felt this way.
   Include some personal opinions such as:
        o How do you think you would have been affected by his
            rough New York upbringing?
        o Do you think the way he treats his friends is acceptable?
        o Why you think that he reacts the way he does to Johnny's
Suggested topic sentences and quotations:
Suggested Topic sentences:

    (1) When Ponyboy first tells us about Dally, we quickly find out that he is an
        intimidating character who has had a very tough life.

    (2) Dally has a mean streak which is clearly shown by the way he treats other
        characters in the novel.

    (3) Dally is a very reliable friend which is illustrated by the way he helps Ponyboy
        and Johnny when they are in trouble.

    (4) Other characters care about Dally despite his mean attitude.

    (5) Dally reacts badly to Johnny’s death, but it is interesting to think about why
        this was the case

Suggested Quotations

‘Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and had been arrested at
the age of ten’ (p. 11)
 ‘Dally hated to do things the legal way. He liked to show he didn't care whether
there was a law or not’ (p. 21)
‘thought it was Dally who fixed those races, but it wasn’t. The last guy to suggest it lost
three teeth. Dally rode the ponies honestly and did his best to win’ (p. 64)
‘Some of us never cry at all. Like Dally and Two-Bit and Tim Shepard--they forgot how
at an early age.’ (p. 106)

‘Dallas deserves everything he gets, and should get worse to tell you the truth.’ (p.16)
‘He put his feet up on the back of the redhead’s chair, winked at me and beat his
own record for saying something dirty’ (p.22)
‘Dally wiped the coke off his face with his sleeve and smiled dangerously. If I had
been Cherry I would have beat it out of there’ (p. 25)
‘Dallas scowled for a second. If it had been anyone [else] but Johnny, Dally would
have flattened him without a moment’s hesitation’ (p.26)
‘Dally was a different matter. If something beefed him, he didn’t keep quiet about it,
and if you rubbed him the wrong way – look out’ (p.93)

‘Dally was there too, swearing under his breath , and turning away with a sick
expression on his face’ (p.34)
 ‘You ought to know better than to run away in just a sweat-shirt, and a wet one at
that’ (p.63)
‘he handed us a gun and a roll of bills[…] That’s all I could get’ (p.64)
‘I’ll be up there as soon as I think it’s clear. Man, I thought that New York was the only
place I could get mixed up in a murder rap’ (p.65)
 ‘Blast it Johnny, my old man don’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead or in a car
wreck or drunk in the gutter. That don’t bother me none’ (p. 92)
‘I just don’t want you to get hurt. You don’t know what a few months in jail can do to
you’ (p. 94)

"I could fall in love with Dallas Winston. I hope I never see him again, or I will." Chp. 3,
pg. 46
"That was the first time I realized the extent of Johnny's hero-worship for Dallas
Winston." Chp. 5, pg. 76

‘You get tough like me and you don't get hurt. You look out for yourself and nothin'
can touch you...’ p. 153
‘How can I take it? Dally is tougher than I am. Why can I take it when Dally can't?’ (p.

To top