What is the climax of "The Outsiders" by S.E Hinton?

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The death of Dallas, also known as Dally, is the climax of the story--the place where the escalating events of the plot reach a place of great emotional intensity in a final turning point that sends the story and its conflict or conflicts toward a final resolution.  It is easy, particularly in a story as filled with action as "The Outsiders", to confuse the actual climax with other intensely emotional events:  the fight with Bob and the Socs, the burning of the church and saving of the children, the showdown "rumble" between the Socs and Greasers, or the death of Johnny--which is the catalyst for Dally's holdup of the convenience story that leads to his own death at the hands of the police.  The end of Johnny's life spells the end of the best the Greasers had to offer, while Dally's death spells the end of what the Greasers had believed to be invincible, immortal, the toughest of them all. 

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