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The Outsiders- S.E. HintonBy Adrian Chang, 7th period

Dallas Winston (a.k.a Dally)

Physical Characteristics:"He had an elfish face, with high cheek bones and a ponted chin, small, sharp animal teeth, and ears like a lynx...His eyes were blue, blazing ice, cold with a hatred of the whole world." (Hinton 10)"Towheaded and shifty-eyed, Dally was anything but handsome. Yet in his hard face there was character, pride, and a savage defiance of the world." (Hinton 59)

Relationships With Other CharactersDallas Winston, or Dally, was the protector of Johnny, the gang's pet. Dally took care of Johnny more than anyone esle in the group. Behind his tough delinquent behaviour, he had a heart which really cared for Johnny. When Johnny got beat up, "Dally was there too, swearing under his breath, and turning away with a sick expression on his face...Dally had seen people killed on the streets of New York's West Side. Why did he look sick now." (Hinton 32-33) Johnny is the one person Dally cares about, so it hurts Dally more than anyone to see Johnny get hurt. When Johnny said he might turn himself in, "'Johnny,' Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before...You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..." (Hinton 89-90) Dally cares about Johnny, so he dosen't want Johnny to turn into what he has become.

Personality-More than a GreaserDally is not like the rest of the gang. "Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and Had been arrested at the age of ten. He was tougher than the rest of us-tougher, colder, meaner...He had been arrested, he got drunk, he rode in rodeos, lied, cheated, stole, rolled drunks, jumped small kids-he did everything." (Hinton 10-11) Dally was a hardened criminal, not like the rest of the gang. When Dally, Johnny, and Pony were sitting at a drive in, Dally was messing with two Socs. "You'd better leave us alone...or I'll call the cops.' Oh my, my'-Dally looked bored-'You've got me scared to death. You ought to see my record sometime, baby...Guess what I've been in for?" (HInton 22) Dally is wild and a lot less docile than the rest of the gang. Everyone else is more of a hood, but Dally is a real criminal.

Dallas Winston's Role in the NovelWhen Johnny stabs a Soc, Dally helps get Johnny and Ponyboy out of town before things get messy. "Hop the three-fifteen freight to Windrixville,' Dally instructed. 'There's an old abondoned church on top of Jay Mountain. There's a pump in the back so don't worry aout water. Buy a week's supply of food as soon as you get there..." (Hinton 61) Later in the Novel, Johnny, the person Dally cares about the most is killed. Dally couldn't take it, and broke. "Oh, damnit, Johnny, don't die, please don't die...' He suddenly bolted through the door and down the hall." (Hinton 149) Dally intentionally kills himself making it look like an accident. "Dally raised the gun, and I thought: You blasted fool. They don't know you're only bluffing...He was dead before he hit the ground. But I knew that was what he wanted..." (Hinton 154) Dallas Winston, cold and hard Dally, goes out with a bang.


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