In The Outsiders, what did Bob want from his parents that he never got?  How is Bob like Johnny or Dally?

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The section of the book that has the answer can be found near the end of chapter seven.  Randy has come to talk to Ponyboy, and Ponyboy is surprised at how much emotional pain Randy is in.  

Randy was supposed to be too cool to feel anything, and yet there was pain in his eyes.

Randy is very broken up over Bob's death.  He's not mad at Ponyboy, nor does he blame Pony.  He's sad over the loss of his friend.  Additionally, the loss of his best friend has caused Randy to call into question the point of all of the gang fighting.  

"I'm sick of all this. Sick and tired. Bob was a good guy. He was the best buddy a guy ever had. I mean, he was a good fighter and tuff and everything, but he was a real person too. You dig?"

What's interesting about Randy seeking out Ponyboy is that Randy knows his fellow gang members won't understand the feelings that he is going through.  He feels that Pony, a Greaser, will be able to feel and empathize with his pain. 

"I couldn't...

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he wanted them to say NO.

 

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