In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, how did the Socs feel after Bob was stabbed?  The outsider (chapter4or5)

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The universal quality of The Outsiders really allows the reader to identify with the feelings of the boys as they face conflict and hardship.  Since the story is from the point of view of Ponyboy, most of the novel centers around the greasers and their struggles, but with that being said, the reader can still identify with the Socs as well. 

When Bob is killed in chapter four, Hinton does not show the Socs' reaction, but as the story progresses, chapter six reveals some of the aftermath of Bob's death.  Cherry Valance told Dally:

"She said she felt that the whole mess was her fault...and would testify that the Socs were drunk and looking for a fight" (86).

Cherry's statement reveals her feelings of guilt for what happened, and later Randy reveals that he too, feels "sick of all this.  Sick and tired" (116).  Cherry and Randy represent the minority of the Socs who feel regret and shame for what happened.  Most of the Socs desire revenge for Bob's death, as indicated by their planned rumble to distribute 'payback' to the Greasers.

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