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The Three Deaths In Hinton's The Outsiders

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During the course of the novel “The Outsiders” there are three linked deaths that change the relationships between the Curtis brothers in many different ways. The soc, Bob Sheldon, dies first. When Ponyboy and Johnny flee after Darry hit Ponyboy they run into their rivals Bob and his best friend Randy Adderson. Bob takes Ponyboy and starts drowning him until Johnny gets his switchblade out and kills Bob. After this, Johnny dies. Dally (a greaser with a criminal record) sends Ponyboy and Johnny to an abandoned church so they can hide after what they did. When they go to leave after a few days, the church catches on fire with a few elementary school kids trapped inside, so they go into the church to save them. When Johnny gets the last kid out, a piece of the roof falls on his back, breaking it. The last death is Dally. After Johnny dies, Dally goes crazy and robs a store. The police chase him and shoot him down because he pulled out a gun at them. As you can see at the beginning of the novel, the brothers are constantly getting into arguments about stupid little things, but after Darry hits Ponyboy, things change. After these deaths, Ponyboy’s grades start dropping and he starts to lose sight of himself. Him and Darry get into many more arguments until Sodapop Curtis tells them to promise to stop arguing because it’s tearing him apart. They both agree and it makes their relationship really strong at the end of the novel. Although the Curtis brothers do not have a close relationship at the beginning of the novel, after experiencing the deaths of Bob, Johnny, and Dally, it makes their relationship stronger.

The first death that occurs is of Bob Sheldon. After Ponyboy comes home from a late light with some of the soc girls, Darry becomes furious. They get into a big argument until Darry slaps Ponyboy across the face. At this point you can tell that the relationship between Ponyboy and Darry is not very strong because they get into a lot of arguments that leads to a very crucial point, when Darry hits Ponyboy. Ponyboy then runs out of the house with a rage knowing that Darry does not want him there anymore. He later finds Johnny and asks him to run away with him and Johnny agrees without hesitation. They go to the park to think out their plan when they run into a group of the socials. They want to get them back for stealing their girlfriends. One of the socials, Bob, grabs Ponyboy and forces his face into a fountain of water, drowning him. Johnny quickly grabs his switchblade and kills Bob, which makes the socials flee. Ponyboy regains his conscience and sees Bob dead on the ground; he could only think one thing, that Johnny killed him. They decide to go to Dally thinking that he would know what to do. He gives Ponyboy a change of clothes, 50 dollars, and tells them both to hop on the train to Windrixville. They will be able to stay in an old abandoned church for a bit to hide for cover. Later on, this will lead to another death in the novel.


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