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What events in The Outsiders help Ponyboy to mature?

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Most of the events in the story help Ponyboy mature in some way.  The story takes place over a relatively short period of time, so the book reads more like a single major event vs. a long period of maturation.  I do think that a few sequences show punctuated development in Ponyboy though.  There is no particular order to my list. 

I think one event that shows maturity is the church fire.  The entire goal of staying at the church was to stay low and off of the radar.  Pony and Johnny were successful at that, and had the chance to leave with nobody knowing that they were there.  The fact that Ponyboy ran back to the church to help the children shows that Ponyboy isn't focused solely on himself or the members of his gang.  It also shows him taking...

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