Examples Of Social Inequality In The Outsiders

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Although the two books, The Testing and The Outsiders, may be about two completely different topics, they share common social inequalities. This analysis furthers the explanation of both the similarities and differences between the two novels. In the book, The Outsiders, there are two social groups, the poor and the rich, and one group treats the other with no respect and unequally. While in the book, The Testing, the best of the best are pulled out of their home colony, to compete in a huge test. The main characters are from a poor location that is also treated unequal to the rest. Within the two books, the main social inequality is poverty and wealth and is addressed in three different ways, appearance, bullying, and underestimation. First…show more content…
The book, The Outsiders, contains several bullying and harassment issues throughout the book. One of the main examples that recurs, is the greasers constantly getting jumped by the socs. The most extreme jumping that happened in the book was Johnny's tragic mishap that caused him to never feel safe again. Johnny was also a victim of bullying from his parents, he was abused at home and was not cared about. In The Testing, they could relate because some candidates wanted to claim the spot of strongest and the head of the test, so they would trip and bully competitors. Also, one of the main test was survival, and some candidates were so focused on winning, they would eliminate their competition by killing them. Although this was sick and cruel, the contestants were not the worst. The controllers of the test also showed signs of bullying by watching it all happen. They had cameras set up everywhere and watched people kill themselves and others because of the pressure, without helping. The two books are very similar, but they contain differences within the form of bullying. In The Outsiders, it contained mostly physical bullying, but in The Testing, it contained both physical and self harm and bullying. To conclude, both text show the inequality of the wealthy attacking the poor, the poor attacking the poor, and also the wealthy attacking the…show more content…
Greasers are known as uneducated or not smart, but some are really smart and care a lot about their education. Also, the socs think they are better than the greaser because they are richer, therefore, they think they can beat them in everything including rumbles. In the book the greasers prove them wrong by beating them in the fight and by Johnny killing Bob, a soc. In The Testing, they are also underestimated with their education. No one has been chosen to compete in the testing from Five Lakes in over five years, so people think very low of the new candidates coming in now. Everyone thinks of them as no threat due to the fact that they come from a poor place with little education and training centers. A difference between the two, is that the greasers try to prove themselves to be equal to the socs besides their wealth. While Cia and her fellow friends pay no attention to them and focus on themselves too later come out on top. Overall the two groups are underestimated for their greatness and prove themselves in different ways. To conclude this analysis, The two books, The Outsiders and The Testing, shared similarities and differed in differences within their social inequalities. The social inequality shared between the two novels was wealth and poverty, but it goes deeper into that, they also share the discrimination of appearance, bullying, and
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