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What is chapter 3 about in The Outsiders, with page numbers?

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Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM via web

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What is chapter 3 about in The Outsiders, with page numbers?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Chapter three in The Outsiderscontinues to illustrate the class segregation in the story. It sets up the later conflict in the park where Johnny kills Bob. It deepens the relationship and character foils of Cherry and Ponyboy. The main thing that this chapter does is better illustrate the relationship between Ponyboy and Johnny. It shows the situation at home for each of them. On page 50 Ponyboy runs away from the house because Darry hit him. However, the reason that Darry is always yelling at him is because he worries about him so much. Ponyboy is loved by both of his brothers. Unfortunately, Darry has had to take on so much responsibility since their parents died that this love comes out in scolding. It is obvious that Darry was immediatley upset with himself for hitting Ponyboy. "Darry looked at the palm of his hand where it had turned red and then looked back at me. His eyes were huge. 'Ponyboy...' . . . Darry screamed 'Pony, I didn't mean to!" Ponyboy thinks that this shows how "Darry didn't want [him] around". However, we see what not being wanted at home really looks like on page 51 with Johnny who states, "I think I like it better when the old man's hittin' me . . . At least then I know he knows who I am. I walk in that house, and nobody says anything. I walk out, and nobody says anything. I stay away all night, and nobody notices." This shows the characterization of these two. Ponyboy is very much loved by his family and we understand that better becouse it is juxtaposed to Johnny's situation.

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