Jazlyn Ponyboy's opinion highlights the cruel fear the Socs inflict upon the greasers, who are barely making ends meet to survive. As a result, it had set up a biased image of how Ponyboy saw the socs. In the novel The Outsiders, Greasers and the Socs have been through various struggles and rumbles that would always result in the socs being on top, never getting in trouble, while the greasers are on the bottom, always getting in and out of jail. This leads up to the bitter feelings of greasers towards the Socs. At the same time, some believe that Ponyboy never changes his attitude toward the Socs, his interactions with Cherry and Randy and the death of Bob show and help Ponyboy realize that the Socs are also human. The first example of Ponyboy realizing that Socs are human is with his acquaintance, Cherry Valance. “We have troubles you’ve never even heard of". (Hinton, 34) Cherry is trying to explain to Ponyboy that Socs have problems that are entirely different from what the Greasers have. “Things are rough all over” (Hinton, 35) Here, Cherry helps PonyBoy realize that they all, everyone, has problems. Similarly to Ponyboy and Cherry’s incident, another example of Ponyboy realizing that the Socs are human is his encounter with Randy. …show more content…
“I’m sick of all this. Sick and tired. Bob was a good guy. He was the best buddy a guy ever had". (Hinton, 116) While talking to Randy in his car, Ponyboy realizes that Randy was a soc, and he also experienced the pain of loss, he knows what it feels like to lose somebody". He ain't a Soc, I said, “he’s just a guy. He just wanted to talk". (Hinton, 118)After that talk, Ponyboy realizes that Randy is a human and requires people to talk to. Although, some would disagree, and say that Ponyboy doesn’t realize that Socs are
What does being an outsider mean? Every character in The Outsiders by SE HInton has felt like they do not belong. The Outsiders is written around 14 year old Ponyboy, Ponyboy lives on the bad side of town and is a member of the gang called greasers. Throughout the story the greasers and Socs,the other gang, are fighting which causes major trouble.
In the novel, The Outsiders, Ponyboy has a long history with the Socs due to his upbringing, but over time he noticed that some Socs aren’t the monsters he thought they were. Pony is a Greaser who has two brothers Sodapop and Darry. His parents died when he was very young, causing his brother Darry to take care of the family. Darry doesn’t want Pony and Soda to get in trouble with the Socs if necessary because then they would be separated and sent to a boy's home. But he and the Greasers have been jumped by Socs multiple times.
At the beginning of the story, Ponyboy comes home after curfew, making Ponyboy’s brother “Darry” pretty mad, causing them to start fighting and out of mixed emotion, Darry slaps Ponyboy. Next, Ponyboy and another Greaser, “Johnny,” are by a fountain when a couple of Socs attack, and start to drown Ponyboy. Johnny, after being beaten to near death by Socs on an earlier date, kills a Soc named “Bob” with a switchblade, scaring off the other Socs. In the end, Ponyboy is asked to write a composition based on a theme for school and ends up telling his own story (Hinton). Within the novel, the Socs get all the breaks and the Greasers get
For the first time ever, Ponyboy considers the idea that Bob is human. He had never really thought of what Bob was like; he had just seen him as the stereotypical Soc. Ponyboy tries to perceive him the same way Cherry Valance and his Soc friends viewed
One of the ways Pony changed was how he thought about the Socs. In the beginning of the book, he hated the Socs and thought they were all the same: rich jerks who had a perfect life and liked to pick on them. He didn’t think about their problems, their own feelings and actions, or any similarities to greasers. He essentially saw them as another species. As the story progressed, he saw Socs each as their own person and judged them as such.
In the novel The Outsiders Ponyboy learns many things such as staying gold things are not how they seem and one's decisions can have a drastic affect on one's life. Ponyboy learns that they are alike in many ways and that the greasers and the socs are not that different. For instance when Randy comes up to Ponyboy in his Corvette and he starts talking about running
The Outsiders is a young adult novel written by S.E. Hinton that explores the hardships faced by both the poor and the rich. The Greasers walk in groups of gangs to protect each other from the Socs, while the socs beat the Greasers up and gang up on the greasers. The main character, Ponyboy, has his own gang and has a journey with Johnny and Dally when they kill a kid in self-defense. When they save kids from the church, they get injured and have to go to the hospital, where Johnny takes his last breath.
Ponyboy, with his mind clouded with revenge, retorts with “You know what a Soc is? White trash with Mustangs and madras” (Hinton 55). Due to this, the two hate-driven sides thrust themselves towards each other, eventually leading to Ponyboy’s touch with death and Bob’s embrace of it. The greasers- Ponyboy and Johnny- are forced to run from the society that has determined their fate. Because of the assumption that greasers are the inferior social class, Ponyboy and Johnny are forced to spill blood on their hands, and must run from their crimes.
I’ll tell you something, Ponyboy, and it may come as a surprise. We have trouble you’ve never even heard of. You want to know something? Things are rough all over” (Hinton, pages 34-35). Ponyboy always thinks that the Socs have no problems but actually, they do.
First, when Pony meets Cherry he realizes that even Socs have problems- that gets reinforced when he has a conversation with Randy. He finally breaks through his bias about the Socs and starts to see that the groups are ridiculous, when he reads Johnny’s letter. No one ever really understands a person until you consider things from where they
In the beginning the book ponyboy grows up hating the Socs. The Socs have have all the power and money and ponyboy hates them for this and also hates them because they are always picking on and fighting greasers. They do this because they think that they they’re better than the greasers. He hates them even more after he gets jumped. “I fought to get
An example of stereotypes states,“Socs were just guys after all. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too” (Hinton 118). In the quote, Ponyboy is explaining to Two-bit how Randy was just a regular person like anyone else. Ponyboy is starting to break Randy’s idea of stereotypes and automatically seeing the greasers as people completely unlike them, the Socs.
In the novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, the character Ponyboy’s opinion on the Socs changes throughout the book. When Ponyboy's parents passed, his older brother Darry took care of Ponyboy and Sods. They and a few other friends are all in a gang. They are also all greasers, which are like a lower class. The SOCS are the rich upper class.
The Outsiders is a book based solely on the point of view of Ponyboy, the main character. The book revolves around the brotherly love of Ponyboy’s brothers and the rich gang, the Socs, who despise the Greasers－what Ponyboy is－because they are of lower social status. The Socs often remark the Greasers as ‘greasy’ and always needing a haircut. The Greasers, in retaliation, declare the Socs as cold-hearted and selfish. In truth, these remarks aren’t reality.
For a brief moment Ponyboy Curtis makes a human connection only to realize it can’t last. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton there are two gangs the soc’s, a rich upper class gang too preppy to care, and the greasers a gang that feels too much yet has too little. Ponyboy Curtis, a greaser, convinces himself he is alone except for his gang until he meets Cherry Valance. She is a soc, the group that Ponyboy had always been taught to hate. Like Slim, she is understanding and described as a god in the eyes of Ponyboy.