In The Outsiders, by S.E. Hilton, we go to a time where gangs remain dominant and run the streets. S.E. Hinton tells us about two enemy gangs. The Socs, one of the many provocative gang groups, kids who live lavish lives and get away with the crimes they commit because they look clean cut and look like good innocent kids on the outside. Then there 's the Greasers, who live poorly and get blamed for most of the things that go down in the city. Ponyboy, and Johnny, two Greasers, that at first, clang to the fact that they hated Socs. All they wanted to do was fight the other gang to look tough and earn respect.
The great philosopher Plato once said , “Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, and the other of the rich; these are at the war with one another.” This quote perfectly summarizes the theme of S.E Hinton's novel, The Outsiders. The novel is about two gangs/groups that live in Rural, Oklahoma, the Greasers and the Socials. The Socs are the more affluent and often times referred to as the ‘West-side rich kids’, and the Greasers, are the less fortunate gang. Throughout the novel both gangs experience various types of conflict and at one point their differences ended up costing the life of a couple gang members. I will prove that the socs were the primary group that caused the conflict in the novel.
The Socs are the ones who are at fault. If the Socs did not antagonize the Greasers in the first place, there would be no conflict throughout the novel. The Socs didn’t even have a real reason to become violent and confrontational with the Greasers, yet they did. If the Socs and the Greasers would accept and recognize their differences they might be able to understand each other better. This would lead to better relationships between the groups. In the novel, Pony was able to talk with a Soc girl named Cherry. Since they took the time to talk, Cherry and Pony were able to understand each other and realize they had more in common than they thought. In The Outsiders, it was nice to see Ponyboy grow with insight and maturity. He discovers that no matter what group one is from, everyone has their own problems and they are all human. The Socs are the ones at fault because they always go after the Greasers, they use more harmful weapons, and they always start the
Socs are richer than the greasers which gives the greasers many disadvantages. The Socs are luckier than the greasers because the Socs at least have someone that cares about them, while the greasers do not. The greasers are always fighting because of the Socs always bothering them, and not giving them a break. The Socs do not have it harder, they only think that because they choose to be individual people. The greasers have tried to hide from fear, run away, and find a way to keep going, but the Socs have a happy life without any
In the story The Outsiders the two main groups who are figuratively and literally on the opposites sides of town, the East side and the West side where the prime meridian of the city separates the Greasers and the Socs. When Pony and Johnny are at the movies and stop Dallas Winston from annoying the two Soc girls in front of them, the girls start to talk them and the boys realize that Socs aren’t very different from Greasers, besides the slicked back hair and the fancy blue Mustangs.
The Greasers are always getting put down and getting hurt by the Socs. In The Outsiders,Ponyboy states
In S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, two different gangs, the Greasers and the Socs detested each other. Using Ponyboy Curtis, the author demonstrates a Greaser’s opinion of the Socs. Ponyboy had an evolving conception of the Socs. At the beginning, he disliked the Socs because they are rich and he thinks they have no problems.Because of some discussions he had with a few of the Socs, he changes his opinion Recognizing that the Socs are just people after all, Pony’s final opinion is that they have problems too. Pony’s opening opinion of the Socs does not show them in good light.
In S.E. Hinton’s story, The Outsiders, group identity is so important that sometimes people overshadow their own identity. In our generation it is kind of the same way to some people, for instance people sometimes act and dress differently around the popular kids to fit in. While at home they do their normal routine and stay true to themselves. This is so important to the story for many reasons. It is also really important to kids this age in 2017. The reason I say this is that the whole story is based on their group identity and social classes. To add to that in school people does whatever is trending on social media just because they feel like they are left out.
Also, the evidence seems reasonable, but does not support that the Socs have a more difficult life because the Socs could have talked to their parents and explain what he felt. The Socs would also use, “ You get a little money and the whole world hates you.”( Hinton, 1965, pg.117) The opposing idea is not correct because if the Socs actually felt that the whole world hated them, they should have done something good with their money, instead of spending it on themselves. Also, the opposing side is wrong because the Socs could have solved this struggle by giving some money away. The greasers just wanted to live their life, but everyday they had to deal with the Socs, money, and being judged.
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 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
Ponyboy Curtis embraces the stereotype of the Greasers when he thinks, “We both need a haircut and some decent clothes. I looked down at my worn, faded blue jeans, my too-big shirt, and Dally’s worn-out jacket. They’ll know we’re hoods the minute they see us.”(Hinton 64) This shows that the Greasers were classified by others because of their cheap clothes and long oily black hair despite their personality and whether they fit with the group or not. This conveys that Ponyboy accepts the fact that he is a hoodlum and is proud of it. In addition, Randy conveys that he and other Socs are trapped by stereotype threat because “he kept trying to make someone say ‘No’ and they never did. They never did. That was what he wanted. For somebody to tell him ‘No’. To have somebody lay down the law, set the limits, give something solid to stand on. That’s what we all want, really.” (Hinton 116) This shows that the Socs have the stereotype of being spoiled, wealthy, and privileged. However, most Socs hate their stereotype of being spoiled and attempt dangerous and illegal acts to anger their parents to stop their pampering. The parents of the Socs believe that it is their fault for their sons and daughters acting that way causing the Socs to think that the parents do not care about them. Therefore, both Greasers and Socs were trapped and forced to accept stereotype
The rivalry between the Socs and the Greasers seem to increase as days go by. Could this end in more violence and bloodshed?
Just like how the idiomatic expression “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” is perceived, ‘moral values’, to a different person, has a distinct meaning. Moral values, more often than not, are defined according to the cultural beliefs. Each culture has its own sets of rules and beliefs to determine what is crucial, trivial, right, wrong, good and bad. For instance, it is vital for Chinese children to practice filial piety as it is an essential value of Chinese traditional culture (POŠKAITĖ, 2014); hence, living with parents, regardless of the marital status, is the right thing to do for it is good. On the contrary, Western children are not entitled to such obligation. They have but the “duties of gratitude” which guarantee parents no right
When the Socs and Greasers find themselves actually getting along a few times it show that the