The Outsiders

at the end of the chapter, how does the author foreshadow that bad things are to come?


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Johnny’s fear of Bob highlights the toll the violence between the gangs has already taken and foreshadows the confrontation between Bob, Ponyboy, and Johnny in the next chapter. Cherry’s intervention in the brewing fight reflects her role as someone who can see the good in the individuals in both groups. Ponyboy’s insistence that he would not use the bottle shows that he is not as hardened as some of the other greasers.


here are several examples of foreshadowing on the last pages of Chapter 3 of The Outsiders. One comes when Ponyboy is slapped by Darry, and he tells Johnny to "Come on... we're running away." Although Pony's original intent was to cool off and return home, events force the boys to leave town and hide out at the abandoned church on Jay Mountain. Later, Pony tells Johnny that Darry "couldn't stop me from living in my own house." Of course, the murder in the park does prevent Pony from returning home. The final sentences of the chapter are the most ominous, however.

Things gotta get better, I figured. They couldn't get worse. I was wrong.

Things turned drastically worse moments later when Pony and Johnny are attacked by a group of Socs in the park, resulting in the death of Bob Sheldon, and Pony and Johnny become fugitives on the lamb.


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