Bob's death cost Ponyboy a lot. Instead of Johnny saving him he ruined Ponyboy's life and his own. As a result, "We gotta get outa here."(57). He had to leave his home, the gang, his brothers, and all because he was faithful and he wouldn't let Johnny go through this alone. Furthermore, their runaway leads to Johnny's death, greatly influencing those around him. The situation presents itself as cause and effect, starting at the killing of bob, and unrolling until Johnny is dead.
Pony's life on the east side influenced his lifestyle and enemies. Followed by a beat up, on his walk home back to his neighborhood after seeing a movie, "It occurred to me then that they could kill me" (5). The socs were against him but this was not the first incident to come, for they were jumped again at the park. He also grew up without parents or money, "didn't have the money...worked too hard"(16).This evidence proves that where you are born can greatly influence your life.
Johnny's death really impacted Ponyboy. His reaction was really strong with his love for Johnny. He didn't even know how to move on, " I convinced myself that he wasn't dead"(150). Pony knew if he said Johnny was dead then that would make it real. He also went into a state of shock, "Exhaustion, shock, minor concussion"(156). This shows he really couldn't bear Johnny's passing It caused internal and external pain, and that proves his strong reaction.