Now, it is known that Dally was a criminal, a true Greaser. He was arrested at the age of ten, and mugged small children for fun. He didn’t care about anyone or anything, except for Johnny. Dally risked jail time to help them, providing a gun, money, and a plan. Johnny and Pony escape to an abandoned church, and a few days later the church catches fire. Johnny and Pony run Into the church to save a group of small children trapped inside, despite Tally’s objections. Dally then runs in after them to help. Pony and Dally escape with minor injuries, but
Johnny’s injuries are much worse. If he survived, he would be crippled for life. Johnny dies the next day, right in front of Pony and Dally. Dally loses it, and runs out. Pony goes home to find out that Dally robbed a grocery store. He goes to the lot right in time to see Dally pull out an unloaded gun on the police, instantly being shot and killed. Dally killed himself, because he could not live without the only person he had ever loved, Johnny. He was completely justified to do so. Dallas Winston never knew a world with anything good in it.
He grew up in he wrong side of town in New York City, was constantly getting in trouble with the law, and he says in the book that his father does not care about him. ” .. My old man doesn’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in a gutter. ” (Pig. 68. ) Dally never mentions his mother, so it is assumable that Dally grew up without any kind of parental support system, making life that much harder. The only good in the world Dally ever saw was in Johnny. Dally did his best to keep Johnny out of trouble, and when he couldn’t, he tried to keep him out of jail.
Dally did not want Johnny to turn out like him. When Johnny died, all of the goodness he saw in the world went with him. Dally had nothing else to live for. He could not live in a world where everything was just terrible, all the time, I understand why some people might think that Dally was wrong to kill himself. They believe that Dally could have gone on with his life. They believe he had something to live for in the world, something to wake up in the morning for, when he knew he was destined to spend his life behind bars, or dying in a violent, desperate way. That is very wrong to me.