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In The Outsiders, what factors contributed to the death of Bob?Factors eg : parents...

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enotesrocks99 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM via web

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In The Outsiders, what factors contributed to the death of Bob?

Factors eg : parents leniency. ''quote frm the book" and explain why parents leniency will lead to one of the factors of is death. please answer this as soon as possible please cause i need to hand it up by tomorrow. :) thanks.

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

Posted February 13, 2011 at 12:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Bob Sheldon is a poor, little, rich boy whose parents never told me "No". Whatever, he wanted, he got. If he got into trouble, his father bailed him out and had the charges dropped with his social connections. All the while, his family never gave him the love and discipline so desperately needed. Bob need to feel a sense of belonging, which the Socs gave him. His brutal beating of Johnny Cade gives evidence that he needs to feel strong even by hurting the weak. The free access to alcohol impaired his judgement of right and wrong. His senseless hatred of the Greasers, all just to belong to the Socs, resulted in his death.

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