Jacqueline JacobsMs.GellEnglish1/18/18Guilty!Johnny Cade, a fourteen-year-old Greaser being charged with Manslaughter. He and his friend Ponyboy were caught up in a tragic predicament in which they fought five drunk Socs. A lot of People say, “Johnny was in no case to predict what would’ve happened, Ponyboy Curtis was surrounded by five drunk Soc. It was self-defense.” Honestly, there was no self-defense at all. I believe there was no justice in stabbing Bob. Murder is murder and shouldn’t go unpunished unless it was done unintentionally. Johnny is guilty on the account of murder. His friend and him played a very crucial part when the five drunk soc where coming at them. “A cool deadly bluff could sometime shake them off, but not if they outnumbered you five to two and were drunk.” (P.54) Ponyboy and Johnny played a little part of what went down because they simply could have walked away. It takes at least two sides to form a  fight. There was five of them and the moment the Soc came out the car is when they could have gotten out the situation. They were exchanging words and both sides were getting heated. “Five drunk Soc was coming straight at us, and by the way, they were staggering I could tell they were reeling pickled.” (P.54) After the first rebuttal, they should have ran away if it was really self defense. Self-defense is the process in which you are scared for your life using physical force to defend yourself. From them standing there talking it seemed like they were going to engage in a battle. Another fact for how it’s murder is when Johnny stabbed Bob and not the person who was actually drowning Ponyboy in the fountain. “You could use a bath, greaser. And a good working over. And we’ve got all night to do it. Give the kid a bath David.” (P.55) The thing that really got me shook was Bob wasn’t killing Ponyboy. David was. The fault lies with Johnny, as he states, “I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. The might have killed you. And they had a blade… they were gonna beat me up…”(Pg.57) I don’t think they would of killed him but the chances were high. Johnny could have tackled him to get him off Pony or have gotten help. As he was passing out they probably would have stopped. People commonly state, ” Johnny didn’t intentionally kill Bob, but I don’t know why would he turn himself in and just because he ran doesn’t mean he’s guilty” After you murder someone you always feel that sense of guilt. He probably thought what he did was wrongful. Who’s to say it wasn’t first-degree murder?  If you go around with knives it’s no excuses saying it was self-defense. This means he was planning you use it. Furthermore, no child should be walking around with knives. If Johnny Cade walked hadn’t stop to hear what they said then he surely would have never encountered the five drunk boys. He definitely is guilty and so are the Soc. Johnny should be charged with “Murder,resisting officer, and obstruction”  the soc should be charged with “harassment and attempted murder”  They both are guilty and should be charged. I rest my case!

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