In The Outsiders, outsiders are portrayed by the greasers, a lower class gang. In TPOBAW, the main character, Charlie and his later friends are outcasts because of their social status. Some of the reasons they are outcasted is because of social status, personality and experiences. In the Outsiders text, Ponyboy Curtis (Ponyboy) and Johnny Cade (Johnny) are unified because of the gang they belong to. Similarly, in TPOBAW Charlie and Patrick are unified because they belong to the same friendship group.
In the case of Ponyboy’s gang, he and Johnny were the outsiders, the outcasts. They were the ones that were much quieter than the rest of the gang. They were also the youngest and stuck to themselves. When they started to stick to themselves, they would realize that they needed help from the gang. They might still be the outsiders, though, just like Cherry Valance, a SOC, helped Ponyboy and his
Violence is an action that people despise but is mostly always used when one well being is threatened. The book “the outsiders” it is about a boy named ponyboy who is in a gang and struggles with his differences from the rest of the gang. The text “fist stick knife gun” talks of a boy and his brothers who use violence to get a jacket back from a boy who stole it from them. Both the authors use the protagonist conflict in their life to connect to the theme violence leads to more violence. In both “Outsiders” and “Fist stick knife gun” the authors uses POV of the characters to develop the theme of violence never ends it's like a cycle.
They know they can do what they want, and then gain back their respect for simply nothing. They can beat up the greasers because society cares nothing for them, and would side with the socs instead. The cops also see good in the socs more than the greasers, they are threatened by the the money of the socs. They aren't threatened by what they see to be poor teens, that steel and smoke. In general everyone in society is threatened by their money, they feel helpless against their money.
Inner city neighborhoods are often thought of as a place of violence. People appear tough, and they act against others before others can act against them. While their way of life may seem odd to those of that did not grow up in the inner city, I believe that the code of the street acts as informal social control. How an individual acts or looks can have serious consequences, and sometimes those consequences can be deadly. The code of the street is simply a response to unemployment, available jobs that pay less than living wage, and a general lack of hope.
Many of these government institutions fail because fail because of what’s starting them. Violence in the Northern Triangle is common and is usually successful, hence why it is so violent. This persuades ordinary people, sometimes even cops, to join the gangs for some extra money. Many people put that as, “...one of the key factors driving large numbers of Central Americans to leave their communities is violence”(Beltrán). A basic and agreeable stance on this issue is that many Central Americans escaping their communities are taken out by an understandable amount of violence.
Smooth over differences – Humor can be used as a way in which one can gently discuss various issues, especially the most sensitive ones. c. Diffuse tension - A well-timed joke can ease a tense situation and help resolve disagreements. d. Overcome problems and setbacks - A sense of humor is the key to resilience. It helps a person to deal with various setbacks, hardships, troublesome situations of life tactfully. e. Put things into perspective – Perceiving problematic things and situations from a humorous point of view can make one perceive that situation from a positive bent of mind.
In a way Dre falls in line with differential opportunity because he joined the gang to do something and progress in life in a way, but at the same time, he didn’t join it to make money, earn wealth, or work towards the American Dream. Dre recognizes his skills and talents and isn’t happy with selling drugs and causing more harm to his community. He specifically asked for help, opportunities, and something to do that is positive. Dre’s story showed me that he isn’t happy living his life the way he is and that he wants to change, but doesn’t have the resources or opportunities. By having more and easier access to job training or internship programs in the inner city, Dre would be able to put his talent and skills to use towards something positive and healthy.
It has always been considered that working class delinquents make up a gang due to the fact that they are socially strained. In his book Delinquent Boys (1955) Albert Cohen described a gang as a ‘delinquent subculture’ and found that they tended to be formed by lower class boys who cannot meet the goals of society and so create their own value system which rejects mainstream societal norms. In agreeance with Cohen, Cloward and Ohlin (1960) feel that people are strained due to their class and feel anger at being excluded so the solution is to reject middle class means. Miller (1958) adapted the Cohen’s ‘delinquent’ subcultural theory and also agreed that gangs were an extension of the lower class. Therefore it can be assumed that due to being blocked by opportunities, gangs are formed as a criminal subculture and different values are adopted.
This leads to anarchy and can relate to our society as war, greed and fear. Much like in today’s society, its a sad commentary to explain how people’s choices to survive devolve into violence and murder. When there is no order, chaos reigns. And in society when riots occur, people ignore what is right from wrong and believe they can get away with stealing and hurting others since they outnumber the police. Without law and order, the boys on the island were forced to live in a reality without adults and authority and had to think and survive for themselves.
In the book, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton there are two main social groups, the Socs and the greasers. The Socs, and the greasers are enemies in the town of Tulsa and often get into fights just because they are different. Socs and greasers often stereotype each other just based on one experience with one their friends. To start off, there are many instances of greasers stereotyping Socs, but here are just a few examples.
“He was famous for his black-handled switchblade (which he couldn’t have acquired without his first talent [stealing] and he was always smarting off to the cops.” This is important because it confirms that Two-bit is a lawbreakers.This is also crucial because it exhibits that, when first read, Two-bit gives the impression of horrible person.“No visitors. But Two-Bit wouldn’t take no for an answer. That was his buddy in there and he aimed to see him.” (Hinton 119)This is vital since it verifies that Two-Bit is willing to execute atrocious actions just to see his friend.This is important because it shows that Two-Bit is an outstanding person deep down because he wants to meet with his friend.After analyzing S.E.Hinton’s book, The Outsiders, I have shown that Two-Bit is a lawbreakers, but is still an admirable person. The greasers act as criminals, but embody morally good people. The greasers personify lawbreakers.