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Ch. 4 Journal #1

Posted on: February 17, 2009

Do you think Johnny had to take such drastic measures with Bob? Did he have any other options? What were they?

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54 Responses to "Ch. 4 Journal #1"

Yes, I do think that Johnny had to kill Bob because he knew he had to save Ponyboy, and he couldn’t think of any other way he could save him. I do not think that he had any other options because Johnny is not the most bravest and the other Socs were going to beat him up. Also, I think he had to kill him because he said if anyone tried to beat him up again he would kill them.

Yes, Johnny almost HAD to kill Bob. Ponyboy is like family to Johnny, and Johnny couldn’t just sit there and watch a stuck-up Soc (one of the rival gang members) kill his best friend. If Johnny hadn’t killed Bob, Pony would’ve died.

I don’t think Johnny had to kill Bob: he could have just pulled Ponyboy out and ran away.

I believe Johnny had to kill Bob; there would be no other way to save Pony. If Johnny hadn’t killed Bob, he would’ve lost one of his best friends. Also if he didn’t kill Bob, the other Socs would have jumped him, and hurt him like the last time they jumped him; he’d be a real mess to look at.

Yes, I do think Johnny had to kill Bob. Johnny was good friends with Ponyboy and he really didn’t want to loose him. Also, while Ponyboy was being drowned in the fountain, Johnny was forced to take on the rest of the Socs. He had nothing else to do, but kill Bob. Revenge is never a good thing, but if someone leaves you laying around in a lot covered in blood, when they try to jump you again you will fight back. That is exactly what Johnny did. There is absolutely nothing wrong with defending yourself.

I think that killing Bob was the only option. Johnny could have never taken on the Socs and wouldn’t, due to his previous traumatic experience. Johnny would have killed the other Socs before heading over to Bob, so it was either one murder for Johnny or multiple.

So I do believe that killing Johnny was the only option.

I think Johnny had to because they were going to kill Ponyboy. If he had never killed him Ponyboy might have died. But you wouldn’t think Johnny would kill anyone. You WOULD think that Dally would. But Johnny also said he carries a blade with him if anyone jumped him. So I think he was ready to.

I think Johnny did have to kill Bob because he was badly outnumbered. If he waited any longer Ponyboy could have died. If Ponyboy died, I bet the socs would go after Johnny next. Then two of the greasers would be dead, instead of one soc.

Johnny had no choice. The Socs were drowing Ponyboy and there was no way that he could get away. So Johnny had to do what nobody wants to. Stabbing, what an ugly thought. … …
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Johnny did have other options then to kill the Soc but I think that Johnny was so scared that Ponyboy was going to die any second so he felt that there was no other way to save Ponyboy then to kill the Soc. Although he had other options he acted so fast that he just did it.

I think Johnny had to kill Bob because if he didnt Ponyboy might of died. If he didnt kill Bob ponyboy would of died. You wouldnt think that Johnny would ever kill someone but he did. He carries a blade with him so i think he did mean to kill anyone that jumped him.

Johnny didn’t really have a choice but to kill Bob. What the Socs attempted to do to Ponyboy went way to far and at these moments, it would be difficult to think of other choices. Although Johnny could have pulled away Ponyboy, there would still be other Socs surrounding him and will most likely jump on him if he attempted to make one single move. Killing Bob not only stopped the fight, but it scared the whole group too.

I think that even though Johnny killed Bob without thinking, he had to. It was either Bob or Ponyboy. I don’t think he had other options because there were too many Socs for them to get away quick enough.

I think he had to because if they didn’t they could’ve killed Ponyboy. I definitely think he should have. It was a choice between Pony and Bobby. So he had no choice.

1. Yes, I think Johnny had to kill Bob. This is because if Johnny did not kill Bob then they would have killed Ponyboy. Also after they killed Pony boy Johnny would probably get badly jumped or killed. He was out numbered and weaker then all of the Socs. It was either he and Ponyboy get killed or for him kill Bob and then run. I think he made a good self defense choice

No, I don’t think Jonny had to kill Bob. I think all he would have to do is at least cut Bob so that he would be distracted and turn his attention on his cut so Ponyboy could escape.

I feel Johnny had no other choice but to kill Bob. It was too late to call for help and had no other way to scare all the Socs away. If Johnny didnt kill him Ponyboy would of died of the Soc drowning him so it was either Bob or Ponyboy. Another reason why he had no choice but to kill him is that they would have came after Johnny and may of killed him as well. So Johnny did make a good choice killing Bob.

I think Johnny did not need to kill Bob. He could have just helped Ponyboy by pulling him out and getting into not a figh

I think Johnny did not have to kill Bob because he could have just had not a fight, but a hit and run towards the kid who was drowning Ponyboy.. He could have grabbed Johnny and ran. But a reason for the killing might have been because he panicked. If your best friend was being drowned by your rivals, wouldn’t you panic too?

I think Johnny did have to kill Bob. I think this because if my best friend was getting drowned by some mean goons I probaly wouldn’t kill the guy but I’d try to get him away from my friend. But in Johnny’s case, if someone were to try to hurt his bestfriend, he would definaltely do something more tragic, so he did.

I like what “rage999” said; it was Johnny’s choice of Ponyboy or Bob, and Johnny, of course, picked Bob to die.

I think Johnny had to kill Bob because Bob was about to drown Ponyboy. Johnny had no other options.

I don’t think that Johnny had to kill Bob,because he could have pushed himaway. If he didn’t kill him the cops would have never came after them.

I don’t think had to kill Bob. He could have just pushed him off of Ponyboy. But he did say that if anybody messed with him again he would kill them.

I do think Johnny had to kill Bob because Ponyboy wouldv’e drown if he didn’t. Yes he had other options, such as just shove, tackle, or punch Bob instead of what he did.

Yes, I do think that Johnny had to kill Bob because, Ponyboy is like his family and the Soc’s were drowning him. If Johnny didnt kill Bob then Ponyboy could have possibly died.

I think Johnny did have to kill Bob or Bob would haved drowned Ponyboy and killed him. If Johnny didn’t kill Bob than Bob might have killed Johnny too.

Yes, Johnny did have to kill Bob because if he didn’t Pony probably would have drowned and then the socs could’ve came after him. He could have just tackled the socs and got them off of Pony so he could have got out of the water and ran away.

No, I don’t think Ponyboy and Johnny will get caught because they are in the church, wich is far away from their homes and where they killed Bob. And also because Dally is the only person who knows where they are.

Yes, think Johnny had no choice but to kill Bob.He was drowning his best friend.If he had let him drown Ponyboy the rest of the Greasers would be really mad at Johnny.

Yes, Johnny did have to kill Bob because Bob was about to kill Ponyboy. If Johnny did’nt do anything Bob would have killed Pony then the socs might have went after Johnny and killed him too.

I do think Johnny had to kill Bob because Ponyboy was his best friend and Johnny wasn’t going to let someone kill his best friend. But yes, Johnny did have another option then killing Bob. He could have run away. But Johnny wouldn’t have done that.

I think it was a smart decision to kill Bob, because if he didn’t, then the Socs would have killed Ponyboy and johnny both. The only reason he killed Bob was because he had to defend himself.

I do think Johnny had to kill bob because bob was going to beat him up really bad.

I think that that Johnny had to kill Bob because he would not let go of Ponyboy after Johnny had repetitively asked him to.

I don’t think Johnny had to kill Bob. He could have punched Bob or the kid who was drowning Ponyboy. He did not have to kill him.

I think that5 killing Bob was a good discission because if he didnt kill him, then Bob might have killed Ponyboy. They have to stick up with eachother that is one of the rules.

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I think that killing Bob was a good discission because if he didnt kill him, then Bob might have killed Ponyboy. They have to stick up with eachother that is one of the rules and they did.

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yes,I think johny really had to kill Bob because if he hadnt killed him ponyboy might have gotten killed and so did he, and thats the ony option he had to stand up for him and ponyboy.

I dont think he had to kill Bob becuase he could have just hit him and ran away with Ponyboy.

I dont think that Johnny should have killed Bob. Yes it might have been the first thing that come into his mind. But he could have done something different. 😉

I think that Johnny had to kill Bob because he was going to kill Ponyboy by drowning him. Johnny could of done something else like push Bob away so that Ponyboy could get up. But then Bob could just get back up then he would be even angrier.

I think Johnny did the right thing because that was all he could do. Bob was drowning Ponyboy and Johnny was scared and did not know what to do.

Yes, I think that was his only option. Johnny had to choose between Ponyboy and Bob, and his obvious choice is Ponyboy. Think about it, a bully is drowning your bestfriend, and the police probably won’t get there until your bestfriend is dead, so what do you do?

I do not think Johnny had to take such drastic measures with Bob. He had the option to stab Bob somewhere else besides where he did, but he quickly did something so Ponyboy didn’t die. He could have stabbed him in the arm to get him to let go of Ponyboy, and they could have run away.

I think it was necessary for Johnny to kill Bob. If he hadn’t of killed Bob Ponyboy was going to be drowned. Also Bob and the rest of his group were the ones who beat Johnny up before. They were the reason Johnny was always scared in the first place.

I think Johnny had to kill Bob. There was nothing else he could do. He couldn’t fight the other Socs by himself. His best friend was drowning and there was nothing else he could do. They both could of died if Johnny didn’t kill Bob. The other Socs could of gotten their hands on Johnny and then drowned him. He didn’t have any other option.

I think Johnny did the right thing killing Bob because he was going to kill Ponyboy if Johnny had not of done something right then it would of been to late.

I think it was the right thing to do by killing Bob because it he didn’t then they would have killed Ponyboy. Though Johnny could have done something different he didn’t know what to do.

I really don’t think that Johnny should have taken such drastic measures. He should of fought with Bob instead of killing him. Even though they were drowning Ponyboy. Johnny did care for Ponyboy so they didn’t want them to kill him. He probably thoought that Darry would yell at him for not trying to save his brother.

I think Johnny did do the right thing. He didn’t have any other options, Bob was going to drown Ponyboy. You would probably do the same thing for your friend.

Yes I do think Johnny had to take such drastic measures with Bob because hecould of killed Ponyboy

I don’t think Johnny had to kill Bob, he could have just scared them away by pulling the switch blade out and scare them off.

I think that there were many other options. They could have ran away scared off the socs with the switch blade or just fended for themselves. Meaning jonny could have just ran away and left ponyboy dye. Vilence is never the answer.

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