In The Outsiders, what is Randy's real problem according to Bob?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Like many of the Socs in The Outsiders, Randy Adderson is "spoiled rotten" by his parents. He is good-looking, has lots of money, a nice car, expensive clothes and plenty of rings on his fingers. He also has Cherry Valance, a beautiful cheerleader, as a girlfriend. He has no curfew to observe and there seems to be no limit to what he and his Soc friends will do when they spot a few outnumbered greasers on the streets. But it is precisely this lack of supervision and limits set by his parents that Randy most desires, according to Bob Sheldon. When Bob meets up with Ponyboy at the Tasty Freeze, he explains that Randy only wanted his parents to

"... say "No," and they never did... To have somebody lay down the law, set the limits, give him something solid to stand on."

Bob would still be alive if "his old man had belted him--just once."

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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All Bob wanted is his parents to say it was their fault or no to him but they always said yes or said it was their fault if something happens and he grew sick of it.