October 31st, 2012
Johnny is a Victim of Circumstance
I believe that Johnny is in fact a victim of circumstance and not at all guilty. To be a victim of circumstance means to be in a situation that is a result of the events around you that happen to be beyond your control. Three main ideas that can be expressed to show that Johnny is not guilty is self defense, the fact that Johnny and Ponyboy were outnumbered by the drunker Socs, and Johnny’s horrid past with them.
Because Ponyboy and Johnny were being attacked, Johnny had the right to use his resources and self-power to protect himself and his friend. The only way to stop Bob -the Soc Johnny had killed- from drowning Ponyboy would be to do something that would completely draw the Socs away. In the spur of the moment, Johnny used his switchblade against the Socs in order to potentially save his friend’s life and prevent himself from getting hurt. In fact, Johnny might have not even had the intention to kill Bob in the first place, but the fact that he had to act quickly under pressure could have led to the fatal conclusion that took place.
Outnumbered and drunk, the Socs wouldn’t have been thinking straight and could’ve done something extreme. The only conclusion that was probably running through Johnny’s mind was to do something drastic by using his switchblade, as it was the only thing he could use against the big numbers against him and Ponyboy.
This was not the first time Johnny had been assaulted by the Socs; he had been jumped brutally before. It is because of that incident that he carries a switchblade with him. His life had almost been taken before at the hands of the Socs, he wasn’t going to let it happen again, to him or his friend. Haunted by his past, beat and fed up, it is no surprise that Johnny reacted the way he did.