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. In the beginning of the story, Ponyboy wishes he looked tough.
(52). This shows that Johnny believed that killing Bob was the only way to save Ponyboy and that he did not kill Bob out of anger and hatred. Also, Johnny risked going to jail and losing his freedom when he killed Bob in order to save Ponyboy from drowning. By risking his life and saving Ponyboy’s life, Johnny proved that when in danger, a Greaser would sacrifice himself to save another, which shows honor among the lawless. Hence, there is honor among the Greasers because risking their life for another shows great love and bravery, which are also honorable
The greasers are on their own a lot and aren 't as fortunate as the other groups. They are also the troublemakers. This gang is a tight gang, they fight for each other and protect each other. The socs are the popular group, they have every little thing they want, and don 't even realize how lucky they are. Except for Cherry, she has a different perspective on how things work.
Characters from The Outsiders experience injustice and fight against it. Greasers experience injustice in behalf of the fact that they are poor. This is confirmed with: “Greasers can’t walk alone too much or they’ll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream ‘Greaser!’ at them…”(Hinton 2). Greasers are judged for being poor, but the rich kids aren’t judged when they break the law for fun, when the greasers can barely obtain enough money to eat.
The Outsiders Have you ever wished you could be rich? Or have a bigger house? Do you think that those who are not rich are a menace? Well in the book The Oustiders by S.E Hinton, The socs are more of a menace than the greasers because of the money they have, their parents mindset, and the society’s popular choice.
As Ponyboy was getting attacked, the rest of the Greasers (Dally, Steve, Darry, Sodapop, Two-Bit, and Johnny) showed up at the scene to protect Ponyboy. The gang had successfully outnumbered and scared the Socs off by hurling rocks at them, saving Ponyboy. This shows that the gang takes pride in making sure that they are together when tensions rise. Another event that conveys how the gang fought to defend
The greasers gang sticks together like brothers at makes sacrifices at great costs. Ponyboy says, “You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you're a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore.” (Pg. 26)
A clear sign of the gangs influence on Johnny was when he decided to prevent the Soc’s from drowning Ponyboy and defending himself instead of letting the Socs beat them up and have them possibly drown Ponyboy. More specifically, after finally fighting back and killing Bob, he says to Ponyboy “‘I killed him’ he said slowly. ‘I killed that boy”’(Hinton 56). Here the author is explaining how shocked Johnny was once he killed the Soc.
Ponyboy was genuinely upset about his hair, therefore he accepts his appearance as a greaser, as well. Ponyboy is negatively affected by the stereotype because he gets into multiple legal problems. He is forced to go to court because his friend, Johnny, killed a Soc named Bob. “Greasers can’t walk alone too much or they’ll get jumped, or someone come by and scream “Greaser!” at them, which doesn’t make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean” (2).
They are dubbed so because they always style their hair with grease. Socs can never cease bullying the greasers and greasers are always carrying a weapon close to them, be it a blade or a broken pop bottle, to fight the enemies off. Their hatred eventually leads to first, the death of Bob. Bob, the leader of Socs who is responsible for the enduring scar of Johnny, compels Johnny to stab him with a switchblade when he is drowning Ponyboy. Following his death are the imminent demises of Johnny, on the day that he plans to turn in himself, and Dally, on the day that Johnny dies.
They regularly hurt the greasers, and have never meant good. CD #1: Following one of many times Johnny had been jumped by the Socs, the group of greasers found Johnny. After many minutes of calming down, “between sobs, Johnny managed to gasp out his story.
Like Cherry said “It’s not just the money. Part of it is, but not all. You greasers have a different set of values..(38)” meaning that Socs and greasers were different because of how they were raised. There have been many examples of the importance of good parents, this is
Ponyboy also does not want to change his lifestyle after everything that has happened to him. Ponyboy will also stay a greaser because he has the gang to take care of him and he can take care of them too, also they look beyond what is on the outside of each other and look on the inside instead. Ponyboy will stay a greaser even though it may mean that he will get jumped on multiple times by the Socs. He also just doesn’t want to change his lifestyle after everything that has happened to him. In the book, Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade get jumped on by the Socs.
In life the Greasers struggle far more than the Socs. To begin with the Greasers struggle more socially than the Socs. “On the front page of the second section, headline: Juvenile delinquency turn heros.” This shows that they were always known as a Juvenile delinquency until they saved those kids. This also shows that they were
Johnny is important to the gang because he is the gang’s pet and like a family member to all of the greasers. “He was the gang’s pet, everyone kids brother. ”(Pg. 12) Johnny was very special to the gang because he listened to the gang member’s problems and cared. For example on page 178, Two bit said this about him “I guess he had listened to more beefs and more problems from more people than an of us, A guy that’ll really listen to you, listen and cared about what you are saying, is something rare.”