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At the end of Chapter 3, how does the author foreshadow that bad things are about to...

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ryan-ryan-chan | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM via web

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At the end of Chapter 3, how does the author foreshadow that bad things are about to happen in The Outsiders?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 26, 2011 at 11:24 PM (Answer #1)

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There are several examples of foreshadowing on the last pages of Chapter 3 of The Outsiders. One comes when Ponyboy is slapped by Darry, and he tells Johnny to "Come on... we're running away." Although Pony's original intent was to cool off and return home, events force the boys to leave town and hide out at the abandoned church on Jay Mountain. Later, Pony tells Johnny that Darry "couldn't stop me from living in my own house." Of course, the murder in the park does prevent Pony from returning home. The final sentences of the chapter are the most ominous, however.

Things gotta get better, I figured. They couldn't get worse. I was wrong.

Things turned drastically worse moments later when Pony and Johnny are attacked by a group of Socs in the park, resulting in the death of Bob Sheldon, and Pony and Johnny become fugitives on the lamb.

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ryan-ryan-chan | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM (Answer #2)

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At the end of the Chapter, Ponyboy tells Johnny that if he walked to the park and back, he might be cooled off enough to go home. He thought that things ought to be better but at the last sentence Pony said that he was wrong.

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