Hero, an interesting adjective with many different meanings and interpretations, but what really is a hero? Is heroism only rescuing the world from a villain? Can It be a small action of kindness? According to Google, heroism is “great bravery”. In the novel “The Outsiders” written by S.E Hinton is about two gangs the “Greasers” and the “Socs” who despise each other and get into conflicts. Heroism is not only a matter of saving the world, but a small act of kindness, as evidenced by Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally.
Firstly, Ponyboy is a hero because of his courage and empathy towards other characters, as he is not afraid to help others in times of distress. Ponyboy demonstrates when he saves the troubled kids in the church fire. Ponyboy informs the teacher “I’ll get them, don’t worry” This quote demonstrates heroism because he is concerned about the kids in the church. He cared to an extent where he didn’t care about his safety, what he cared about was helping people. This shows courage as even though the church was a frightening location and his safety was at risk, he showed strength even in fear.