Was the resolution of The Outsiders satisfactory? Explain.
With reference to Chapters 10-12, write a paragraph (1/2-1 page) to explain whether or not the resolution of the novel, in your view, is satisfactory.
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It's tough to pinpoint a single resolution in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. There seem to be several: Johnny's and Dally's deaths, the judge's decision concerning Pony's responsibility in the death of Randy Adderson, the reconciliation between Pony and Darry, and Pony's decision to write about his experiences as the theme of his English paper. Although the deaths of Johnny and Dally are both sad and tragic, they remain important to the denouement. Johnny's death takes him to a better place, away from his terrible home life, the threat of constant Soc reprisals, and a life as a paraplegic. His memory will be that of a heroic young boy who sacrificed his life to save the children from the burning church. Dally gets what he wants: An end to a life filled with hatred and anger, one that would have been even worse for him without his best friend, Johnny. Pony's exoneration allows the family to stay together, a fitting and happy ending for the Curtis brothers, who have done their best to remain united following the deaths of their parents. Pony and Darry decide to end their feuding, primarily to keep Sodapop from always being in the middle of them; they also realize that their home will be a happier place and that they will be more likely to remain together without the constant drama. Pony's realization that telling his story will both relieve his conscience and honor the three dead boys allows him to pass his English class and move on in school--and life. The resolutions present a mixed ending of both tragedy and happiness--a perfect finale for the realistic tale of violent street gangs and teen angst.
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