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In The Outsiders, after Johnny kills Bob, is Dally's advice any good? Why do the boys...

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alysen31 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM via web

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In The Outsiders, after Johnny kills Bob, is Dally's advice any good? Why do the boys think they need to run?

Dally tells them to run away

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Dally tells them to run to a church in the countryside. He gives them money and a gun, telling them to lie low for several days. The boys need to run because they killed someone,someone who is a Soc. Soc's have connections to the law and the middle class who tends to have more clout than the Greasers do.  They are Greasers, so the law will assume they did it intentionally even though it was in self defense. Dally's advice is good, except it makes the boys look guilty. The church is isolated, and no one will think to look for them there. As fate decrees it, the church fire will result in the boys looking like heroes when they rescue the kids from the burning building. The public will look on them more favorably compared to them having stayed to face their punishment.

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