What are your thoughts about Chapter 9-10 of The Outsiders?

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These two chapters serve as two of the most climactic moments of Susan Hinton's The Outsiders. In Chapter 9 , the greaser gangs battle it out with the Socs in the scheduled rumble. I found it one of the more exciting parts of the book, especially the description of...

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These two chapters serve as two of the most climactic moments of Susan Hinton's The Outsiders. In Chapter 9, the greaser gangs battle it out with the Socs in the scheduled rumble. I found it one of the more exciting parts of the book, especially the description of the Shepard gang and Darry's challenge: "I'll take on anyone." Following the rumble, Pony and Dally rush to the hospital to tell Johnny the good news, but he dies before their eyes. Dally finally breaks in Chapter 10, where he robs a convenience store and commits suicide by cop. Pony's concussion received in the rumble kicks in and he passes out in the street. The chapter ends on a more positive note when Pony awakes and has a brotherly talk with Soda.

The chapters contain more action and violence than any of the others (aside from Bob's death in the park, perhaps) in the book, and two of the main characters die. These are important events, especially for Pony and his later depression, and they serve as the most tragic chapters of the novel.

(These are also among the most exciting scenes in the excellent Francis Ford Coppola  film version of the novel.)

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This is a really broad question.

When I was a kid, I really liked Chapter 9 because I wanted the Greasers to kick the Socs' butts because I hated the Socs.  Now that I look at the book as an adult, it seems a lot sadder.  It's sad that Darry and his friend have to fight each other just because they're in different gangs from different social classes.  It's sad that Johnny dies.  Because of this stuff, the chapter just does not seem as triumphant as it did when I was a kid.

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