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Which scenes in The Outsiders show the futility of violence?

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jbewvihv | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 31, 2013 at 2:46 PM via web

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Which scenes in The Outsiders show the futility of violence?

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

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

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One scene that strongly points to the futility of violence in The Outsiders occurs in chapter seven when Randy meets with Ponyboy to discuss the upcoming rumble between the greasers and the Socs.  Randy's comments really capture the pointlessness of the conflicts between the two groups, especially when he argues:

"And tonight...people get hurt in rumbles, maybe killed.  I'm sick of it because it doesn't do any good.  You can't win, you now that, don't you?" (117).

Randy's dialogue with Ponyboy truly brings home the senselessness of the violence by focusing on the fact that the fighting between the gangs can never resolve their true conflict, but only make matters worse. Ultimately, Randy reveals that he would rather leave town than participate in any more fights or violence; through Randy's voice, Hinton reinforces her anti-violence theme in The Outsiders.


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