Homework Help

What major event happens in this chapter 4 of The Outsiders?

user profile pic

coolfuzzy22 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM via web

dislike 1 like

What major event happens in this chapter 4 of The Outsiders?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

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

Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The most important event in chapter four of The Outsiders occurs at the park when Johnny and Ponyboy are attacked by a group of Soc boys.  The Socs' unofficial leader, Bob, threatens that Ponyboy needs to wash his greasy hair, and the boys proceed to dunk Ponyboy in the fountain.  Ponyboy blacks out during the attack, and when he comes to, he realizes that Johnny has stabbed and killed Bob with his switch blade.  The attack in the park and Bob's murder changes the direction of the novel, forcing Johnny and Ponyboy to flee their hometown and hide out in the abandoned church in Windrixville.

Sources:

Kristen Lentz

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes