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

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The climax of a story is the highest point of tension and a significant turning point in the plot when the rising action turns into the falling action. Often times, the climax is also the point in the story when the protagonist experiences a dramatic change in perspective. One could argue that the climax of the novel The Outsiders is Johnny's death, which takes place towards the end of chapter nine. After Pony participates in the violent rumble, Dally grabs him and the two characters immediately rush to the hospital to see Johnny, who is unfortunately in critical care. The drama heightens as Johnny is on his deathbed and tells Ponyboy to...

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When Johnny killed the Socs in the park.