In Chapter 2 of The Outsiders, what are 2 main conflicts that happen? Please tell the type of conflict and describe the conflicts. It does not have to be a long description, I am just looking for...

In Chapter 2 of The Outsiders, what are 2 main conflicts that happen?

Please tell the type of conflict and describe the conflicts. It does not have to be a long description, I am just looking for info on the 2 conflicts.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I guess I would say that the two main conflicts that actually happen in the chapter (as opposed to the flashback to Johnny getting beaten up) are the conflict between Dally and the girls and the conflict within Pony himself.

Towards the beginning of the chapter, Dally gets into a conflict with Cherry and her friend.  This is an external conflict as two people are arguing with each other.

The second conflict is within Pony as he talks to the Soc girls.  There is a conflict going on within him as to how he should think of the Socs -- does he hate them or are they essentially like him?

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Main conflict number one is an internal conflict.  It is the conflict that Ponyboy has within himself about what to think about the Socs.  Ponyboy is a Greaser, and he has been brought up to channel hate and anger toward the Socs.  Cherry and Marcia make that really hard for him to do though, because they treat Ponyboy and Johnny in a very friendly and cordial manner.  In fact, Ponyboy even tells Cherry what happened to Johnny.  When Ponyboy finally finishes his story, Cherry's first words are the following:

"All Socs aren't like that," she said. "You have to believe me, Ponyboy. Not all of us are like that."

Ponyboy knows that he should hate all Socs, and he knows that what Cherry said could be a lie.  But by the end of their conversation, Ponyboy has begun to see the Socs as actual people with problems too.  

She looked me straight in the eye. "Things are rough all over."

"I believe you," I said.

Conflict number two is an external, person vs. person conflict.  I think the second main conflict is between the Soc girls (Cherry and Marcia) and Dally.  Dally immediately tries to get into conflict with the girls by bothering them.  He's not subtle about it either.  He put his feet on the back of their chairs and started talking dirty to them.  

He put his feet up on the back of the redhead's chair, winked at me, and beat his own record for saying something dirty. She turned around and gave him a cool stare.

"Take your feet off my chair and shut your trap."

Cherry eventually gets so fed up with his antics that she throws her Coke at Dally.  

He handed one to each of the girls and sat down beside Cherry. "This might cool you off."

She gave him an incredulous look; and then she threw her Coke in his face. "That might cool you off, greaser. After you wash your mouth and learn to talk and act decent, I might cool off, too."

The conflict doesn't end there either, and Johnny eventually has to speak up and tell Dally to stop bothering the girls.  

"You heard me. Leave her alone."

Dallas scowled for a second. . . You just didn't tell Dally Winston what to do. . . But Johnny was the gang's pet, and Dally just couldn't hit him. He was Dally's pet, too. Dally got up and stalked off, his fists jammed in his pockets and a frown on his face. He didn't come back.

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