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Matt Thomas Eng 2D Mrs Crowell December 6, 2009 How Deaths in The Novel Changed the Curtis Brother's Relationships During 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. ...read more.


The next person to die in this novel is Johnny. When the boys arrive at the Windrixville church, they fall asleep immediately. When they wake up, they cut and bleached their hair to disguise themselves. To stay occupied, Ponyboy reads the book "Gone With The Wind" to Johnny. Five days later Dally comes to pick the boys up with all the news back in their hometown. They go to Dairy Queen and discuss what has happened with the murder case. On their way back home they pass the church and they see that it has caught on fire while an elementary school was they're having a picnic. They go to check it out when they find that a group of kids were trapped inside. Johnny and Ponyboy jump in through a window and start helping the kids out one by one. As they are letting the last kid out, Dally yells that the roof is about to collapse. Johnny pushed Ponyboy out of the window and a part of the roof falls on Johnny's back. They wake up in the hospital, Ponyboy and Darry with mild burns, and Johnny with a broken back. Sodapop and Darry show up at the hospital and it came to Ponyboy's surprise that Darry was actually crying. ...read more.


They are also thankful for Sodapop because they know he can keep them together. The Curtis brothers have a tough time throughout the novel, experiencing three deaths of their friends, but later realize that they still have each other and all of their arguing and fighting will get them no where. It brings their relationship really close at the end of the novel. Before the soc dies, tension between Ponyboy and Darry reach a peak and Darry slaps Ponyboy across the face. This shows that the relationship is not very strong because you do not just do that to someone you are supposed to be really close to. The relationship builds again when they are in the hospital when Johnny, Ponyboy and Dally return from Windrixville and Johnny is dying. Ponyboy realizes that Darry does actually care about him; he is just strict because he wants him to be better. At that point Ponyboy thinks that everything is going to be all right because he understands Darry now, but it just goes back to normal with all of the arguing. Finally Sodapop steps in after Dally dies and everyone is sad and feeling helpless. He tells Darry and Ponyboy to promise to never argue again because he doesn't like it, and they agree. All of these conflicts in the novel "The Outsiders" started with Darry hitting Ponyboy in the face. This lead to three deaths which changed the relationships of the Curtis brothers throughout the novel. ...read more.

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