Equality. Opportunity. Prosperity. The American Dream paints a vision in which each of these ideals are ever present and available to all individuals inside the vast border of the nation. The notion is that every individual can, through concentrated efforts and dedication, improve their own socioeconomic class and climb up the hierarchy. Social mobility is within the grasp of each person so long as they earnestly invest themselves. There exists, however, a dissonance between the achievement ideology and reality as discussed in Jay Macleod’s Ain’t No Makin’ It. In his book, Macleod perfors a longitudinal study over a group of young black men, the Brothers, living in the projects of Clarendon Heights and reveals the insidious social factors that
In the outsiders, the group ‘The Greaser’ are the outsiders to the rest of society. The name that the outsider boys have “greasers” shows that they aren’t as wealthy as others. The outsider boys are family to each other both literary and figuratively. There is a gang near the outsider neighbourhood called the Socials also known as the “Soc”. There are gang wars between these two gangs that will probably never end. The way the greasers are outsiders in society is that they are always there for their gang members. “Dally hated to do things the legal way” (2). This quote shows the audience that the greaser Dally (the tough one) does illegal things to get through life, which then influences the rest of
The greasers and socs aren't friends. This is because the greasers have less money and are more grateful for it. While the socs are more selfish and expecting. What I
Through the struggles that they face, are the Socs’ and Greasers more similar than they have considered to have been? Within the novel the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton emphasizes the thoughts of Ponyboy, a teenage boy that resides in a gang named the Greasers who struggle with various problems,poverty being one of the most important.While on the opposing side are the wealth people named the Socs’ who enjoy jumping’ the Greasers in which is a never ending conflict between both sides.Both Socs’ and Greasers struggle with finding the sense of belonging, the approval of their parents, and with entertaining themselves.
The Greasers are always getting put down and getting hurt by the Socs. In The Outsiders,Ponyboy states
In the novel The Outsiders , there are two social groups, the Greasers” and the Socs. Greasers are considered stupid, dirty, rowdy, and overall horrible. Socs think all Greasers are the same. Greasers think that all of the Socs have perfect lives and they are all happy with no struggles. Neither of them are right, there are struggles on both sides of town. The two sides of town are extremely different but similar at the same time. But this all changes when a Greaser and a Soc come together with an unexpected interest, especially for a “stupid” greaser boy. Cherry Valance and Ponyboy Curtis both share an interest in sunsets.
The socs are a menace because of the money they have. They believe that if they get in trouble they can buy their way out. Because of this money they feel powerful, even at times invencible. They think they can do anything. They also have the money to buy cars, guns, and weapons. The greasers just have spirit and a broken bottle. When the socs jump Two-bit, Johnny, and ponyboy all they have is broken bottles off the ground. The socs have a nice car, and knives. This is one of the reasons they think they can beat the greasers. The socs make the fights because of their money they feel dangerous. Also later in the book when the socs jump ponyboy outside the store, the socs get out of their car thinking how amazing they are to have the car. Thinking of the way they would end Ponyboy. Ponyboy backs them up with not only his bottle but his tone
The Socs are more of a disgrace to society than the greasers because they are a menace to everyone. This is because they pretend to be something that they are not. Cherry explained to Ponyboy that every Socs is emotionless, or at least tries to be, which makes them fake. Greasers may steal, but this has no long-term effect on the community. The greasers actually care about what happens in the community. For instance when Johnny and Ponyboy ran away their whole gang cared. Johnny and Ponyboy also went in to save the kids, while the Socs may not
Social status is defined as a person's standing or importance in relation to other people within a society. Social status has affected the world for hundreds of years, from where you were allowed to go to the bathroom, to if you were allowed to vote. The way a person is viewed and treated is all caused by what is believed to be their rank in society and in the short story, “A&P”, John Updike uses irony, symbolism, and characterization to show this. Sometimes people dissatisfied with their opportunities get caught up with what others represent, causing rash decisions that lead to disappointment.
Criminals are what they are because of their actions, but could there be honor and good intentions among the lawless? In the book The Outsiders,, by S.E. Hinton, the Greasers are considered by the society as a reckless gang of hoodlums, but they treat each other like family, which separates them from other gangs in the city. The Greasers’ most common problem is their rivalry with the rich kids on the other side of town, called the Socs. Although they commit crimes and make bad choices at times, events in the book showed that they have love and compassion in their hearts. Therefore, there is honor among the lawless because the Greasers love each other like family, stick up for each other, and sacrifice themselves to protect each other when in
Life is full of choices, choices here and choice there. some are small like what you’ll have for breakfast and others are big like whether you’ll finish high school. But are they really your choices? Are people really in charge of their life like they claim to be ? A statistic shows that 40% of children in America are raised without a father and 50% of children have experienced divorce by the age of 18. Studies also show that children who have gone through divorce are more likely to get lower grades and are considered less pleasant to be around by their peers and teens who live in a single parent or blended home are three times more likely to need psychological help within a year. These choices are already made for the children and they have
In book, The Outsiders, it 's shown that a human society can be separated a society because of society and wealth. In the novel, the main conflict was caused by the Greasers and the Socs, them and the Greasers disdain one another. This was mostly dependant on how different they were relating to their social and economic classes. The Socs were rich and had a luxurious life whereas the Greasers were poor and recognized as troublemakers. Ponyboy expresses that “[he’s] not sure how you spell it, but Socs is the abbreviation for Socials, the West-side rich kids. It’s like the term Greaser that’s used to class all us boys on the East Side.” The author uses characterization to make the reader comprehends that the Greasers and Socs are separated due to social and economic rankings. S.E Hinton wants the reader to understand the town is divided into two because of social and economic classes.
The Greasers have it hard because they are all portrayed as bad people who are poor and can't do anything legal.They wish they had money like the Socs,but they envy the Socs because they have something they wish they had,money.Also,some of
The greasers personify lawbreakers. This is even noted by one of the characters for their similarity to “hoods”. This character states that they steal, fight, and hold up gas stations. Yet, they are not always despicable people. They occasionally achieve magnificent things.As time goes on, people will always break laws. This can be acceptable as long as they are still overall superb
Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher, once said, “Problems in relationships occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.” This is the protagonist 's main source of conflict in the book, the Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. Amir and Hassan appeared to have a brotherly friendship. Even though they grew up together, it was intriguing how Hassan develops a brotherly bond with Amir while Amir does not reciprocate the love. By concentrating on what is missing in Hassan, it causes Amir to become separated from the relationship because Amir values social class over his friendship with Hassan, and stems from his jealousy that comes from an idea that Baba favors Hassan.