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What factors/people contributed to the tragic death of Bob in The Outsiders?

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We aren't told that much about Bob, except that he is a leader of the Socs and is clearly rich and handsome. He is also the gangleader who beat up Johnny so badly before the novel began, leaving him haunted by his experience. He wears rings to cause more damage when he is fighting.

It is in Chapter Four when Bob is killed by Johnny. However, any attentive reader will be able to identify a whole series of factors that caused his death. To merely focus on Johnny as the...

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