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What is the climax of the novel The Outsiders?

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lover-09 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 31, 2007 at 12:15 PM via web

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What is the climax of the novel The Outsiders?

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted July 31, 2007 at 12:50 PM (Answer #2)

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The major conflict in the novel is the clash between the poor greasers and the rich Socs, as the greaser Ponyboy struggles to mature.  As the action rises,  Johnny kills a Socs and he and Ponyboy flee.  By this time tension mounts between the greasers and Socs, which leads ultimately to the climax and to  Johnny’s death, in Chapter 9.

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leaannw1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 7, 2007 at 8:21 AM (Answer #3)

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The climax of the story is when Johnny kills the "Soc" and he and PonyBoy run away.  They struggle through growing up and being on their own. The climax continues when Johnny dies and the final rumble between the "Socs" and the "Greasers" takes place. 

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jenny12 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 14, 2008 at 9:40 AM (Answer #4)

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I think the climax is when Johnny dies in the hospital. At this point in the novel, Ponyboy is matured, and notices right between wrong, and not to take things for granted. The socs and greasers become friends after Johnny dies. This is is climax and turning point of the novel.

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lickalotapuss | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 1, 2009 at 8:15 AM (Answer #5)

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Well, I have to disagree with leaan. The climax cannot be that early in the novel. The novel needs time to raise up in action before it reaches a climax.

 

I believe that the climax is when Randy talks to Pony before the rumble. That is when Ponyboy realizes everyone is the same. Regardless if you're a Greaser or a Soc. At this point, Ponyboy does mature, and he acknowledges the new information given

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jamajuice | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2011 at 2:38 AM (Answer #6)

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I believe that the climax i when the Greasers and Socs go to fight in a skin rumble. It is after a lot of rising actions and then after there is many falling actions. The rumble changes a lot of the people in the gang, because they also learn that Johnny is not doing very well.

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peacelovehappy | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM (Answer #7)

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I think that the Climax would be when Johnny dies because that i s when it is the highest point of tension.

 

But then again, im only 12.

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mr-cbf88 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM (Answer #8)

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The climax is when they go to the rumble fighting betwwen the greasers and Soc (Sochiz)

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cj4tiger | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM (Answer #9)

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I think its when they start the rumble

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:12 AM (Answer #10)

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I think the climax of this story is when the fought in the rumble against the Socs.

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