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Timeline of Johnny Cade
Transcript of Timeline of Johnny Cade
1. Johnny Getting Jumped by the Socs
Although not told in order in the book, this event was recalled by Ponyboy to Cherry. Johnny had been attacked by a group of Socs led by Bob and his rings. Johnny had been scared prior to this event due to abusive parents but I felt that this event changed Johnny more then his parents ever could have. During this event Johnny felt scared and alone, with thoughts of dying and pain. It changed his identity making him feel more alone then he ever was before, causing him to break and cry. Since that incident throughout the story I sensed the feelings of scared by the Socs and really anything that could involve danger or death.
2. Johnny Comes To Ponyboy While He Was Being Attacked By The Socs
I found that though this part of the story did not reflect on Johnny Cade's actions or feelings but I think that if it did and if the story was told through Johnny's perspective this would be a crucial part of this story. I came to this conclusion because when Johnny showed up to find Ponyboy being jumped he would of stopped for a moment and self-reflect about the night he was jumped. I think that period of self-reflection would've been very important to his identity because I think Johnny would have seen himself in Ponyboy's body and experience himself being jumped in a whole new perspective
3. Johnny Stands Up To Dally At The Movies
This scene is where we first meet the Socs Cherry, and where I found the first sign of self-confidence in Johnny. During this part, Johnny, Pony and Dally go to the movies and find two Socs alone. When Dally starts to make them uncomfortable Johnny stood up for them, surprising both Dally and Pony due to Johnny's usual quiet behavior. I find that this act of Johnny showed a level of maturity in Johnny's identity because it is one of the few times we see Johnny stand up to someone. I think he did this decision because he felt comfortable with the two girls and didn't want so see Dally make them uncomfortable
4. Johnny and Ponyboy Go To The Lot
This scene of the novel is when Johnny and Ponyboy are coming home from the movie to find Johnny's parents fighting so they go to the lot. When they get to the lot Johnny starts to cry about how he cant take his parents fighting and says that he would kill himself. This point of the story is important for Johnny because it is when he reflects on his life. This part doesn't affect Johnny to dramatically because Ponyboy helps him realize that he has the gang and that he doesn't need his parents. I think that Johnny then realizes that it is true and calms down.
5. Johnny Stabs Bob
This event is a very important event in the story because it is when Ponyboy is being drown by the Socs Bob, and Johnny stabs him with his switch blade. Again, if the story was told in Johnny's perspective, I think Johnny would've explained how this changed his identity because he knew he had killed the Socs who had jumped him. Later that part, Johnny then reflects on what he had done and it is important because when though that Socs had pushed Johnny into more depression and being scared more, he still didn't want to kill him, and regretted it. He only stabbed him to save Ponyboy and himself from being beat up again.
6. Johnny and Ponyboy Stay at the Church
This is probably the biggest change of identity for Johnny in this story. In this part Johnny and Pony go to hide in the church in Windrixville to stay away from the police. Duing this week Johnny and Ponyboy grow very close. This event completely changes Johnny's perspective on life and nature because of the poem read by Ponyboy. This part dramtically affects Johnny's behavoir throughout the rest of the story by pondering the meaning of the poem, and how it connects with their lives.
7. Johnny Decides To Turn Himself In
In this scene, Dally comes to check on Pony and Johnny, and takes them to Dairy Queen to eat. During this part of the story, Johnny makes a smart decision to turn himself in. He had been reflecting on what he had done and had realzed that is was not fair to keep Ponyboy away from his brothers and wants to go home apart from having to hide his whole life. I think that Johnny had become more mature to this point of the storry because he makes a decision that would risk him going to jail, but having Ponyboy home with his brothers. Johnny had made that decision because he put others ahead of himself, which marks a critical point in a change of identitiy because I think if it was anybody else, they would of kept hiding because they wouldn't want to go to jail.
7. Johnny and Ponyboy Rescue the Kids
This part of the story is when the church in Windrixville catches on fire and Johnny and Ponyboy go into the church to save them. This is also important to Johnny's newfound identity because most people, especially greasers, wouldn't go into a burning church to save some kids but Ponyboy and Johnny knew it was their fault. This action also carries over from when Ponyboy read the poem to Johnny because he then starts to get an understanding for the meaning of the poem and to think of others before himself, which causes him to get hit in th back with a burning timber, putting him in the hospital in crutial condition.
8. Johnny In The Hospital
There is no doubt that this is the most important event for Johnny Cade even though it leads to his death, he finally understands the poem. He said to Ponyboy that he did not want to die so young because he hadn't seen anything. Throughout Johnny's stay in the hospital, he has been visited by the parents of the children, which made him feel good for saving those kids. His mother had also attempted to see him but Johnny refused because thanks to Ponyboy, he had realized that he didn't need his parents after all and just needed his friends. During this scene, Ponyboy and Dally told Johnny that they had beat the Socs, which also made Johnny realize what he knew all along, that no matter who won the fights, Greasers will still be Greasers, and Socs will still be Socs. It was also then that the most important quote in the movie was said right before he died."Stay Gold Ponyboy, stay gold." He had realized what the poem meant. It was then that Johnny had died.
10. The Note
After Johnny had died, Ponyboy found a note in the book, "Gone With The Wind" from Johnny. In this note read (note above)
"Ponyboy, I asked the nurse to give you this book so you could finish it. The doctor came in a while ago but I knew anyway. I keep getting tireder and tireder. Listen, I don't mind dying now. It was worth it. It's worth saving those kids. Their lives are woth more than mine, they have more to live for. Some of their 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're gold when you're a kid, like green.When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to evreything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep 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 so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There's still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny. "
Just by reading the note you can tell that Johnny had changed his mind about dying, and was okay with it now, because he finally had understood the meaning of the poem and that was to stay young and to stay the way he is. The poem means that nothing stays the same forever. This is the last form of identity Johnny had before he died and I think that from the beggining of the book to the end, he had self-reflected, gained courage and made tough decisions which is why he died a hero. He knew that the lives of those kids were worth more than his, and that his why he saved them. He said it was worth it to save those kids, and that he his okay with dying now.