The novel The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton illustrates a theme of stereotyping and its effect on the characters. The protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis is the most affected by stereotyping. Ponyboy is stereotyped as a greaser. He accepts this stereotype, but is negatively affected by it, because society views greasers as poor, bellicose, delinquents from the East Side. While some may state that Ponyboy is a normal person, I view Ponyboy as a greaser, because of the way he acts and relates to other greasers.
“I like to watch movies undisturbed and live them with the actors says. ” Soda is 16 going on 17, “Never cracks a book at all and my oldest brother Darrel who we call Darry, works to long and hard to be interested in a story or drawing a picture, so I’m not like them.” The Socs live in the West-side of town. “The jet set, West-side rich kids,” and the Greasers are from the East-side. “We are poorer than the Socs and the middle class.”
This passage advances the plot line because when Cherry and Ponyboy are talking, they get into a really deep conversation about how the socs and greasers are different, and why they 're different. In the passage Ponyboy explains how he can actually talk to her and it was probably the same reason she could really talk to him. This little sentence has so much meaning. It is saying that maybe the socs and the greasers aren 't that different from each other after all. They just were born thinking that way and don 't know what other way to think, which explains why the two groups hate each other.
The Outsiders discusses a variety of themes. The first and major theme is the gap between the different social classes, particularly the gap between the rich and the poor. The story shows that the rich take advantage of their authority. They look down to greasers and see no value in them. They look at themselves as the better part of the society, hence they allow themselves to do whatever they want. But greasers have limitations. They can only defend themselves, they could never allow themselves to start a fight with the socs because they would not get away with it like the socs do. When Ponyboy and Johnny were having a walk with Sherry and her friend, Bob and his friend Randy show up and demand that the girls leave with them instantly. Sherry
In the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis, a member of a gang called the “greasers” is leaving the movie theater when a group of Socs, short for social, jumps him and Two-Bit along with Johnny while walking Cherry and Marcia home. The two girls agreed to go with them if they don’t fight. Ponyboy and Johnny get to the lot and fall asleep, and don’t wake until 2 o’clock in the morning. When Ponyboy gets home his brothers, Sodapop and Darry, are very worried. Darry and Pony get in a fight and Soda tries to stand up for Pony, but Darry doesn’t like it.
“It seemed funny, almost strange that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one that I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we live in werent so different. We saw the same sunset.”(Hinton 35) The Outsiders a book set in the mid-1960s, in Tulsa, oklahoma is about the clash of the greasers and socs. Ponyboy, his family, and friends try to figure out how they fit into this world. But others already know where they belong if it may be roaming the streets starting trouble or sitting in a fancy car looking for greasers. They are outsiders through and through. Dally is a wild child born from the streets. He does whatever he wants whenever he wants and no one tells him what to do. “The shade of difference that separates a greaser from a hood wasn 't present in Dally.”(Hinton 10). The only person that Dally ever loved was Johnny. Johnny is a vulnerable sixteen year old who comes from an abusive home.The greasers are the only family that he has ever known and he is the pet of the gang.
Pony sees the article about him in the paper, and realizes he needs to be present at court for his actions. This risks the chance of the three brothers being allowed to continue living together. Surprisingly, all they said about Dally was how he was a hero. Soda tells Pony that they are going to have a party after the rumble where the greasers get rid of the Socs for good, after this everyone leaves and Two-bit is left to babysit Pony. While out with Two-bit, Pony spots a few Socs, Randy (Marcia’s boyfriend) being one of them.
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)
Do you know the difference between a Soc and a greaser? There is always a social structure no matter where you go. In the movie based off the novel “The Outsiders” written by S.E. Hinton and produced by Frank Ford Coppola there is a fine line between Soc and greaser. At the bottom you have the hoods. The hoods are like greasers, but they are dirtier and a lot meaner.
Hinton, there are several moral values prevailed. This novel never fails to highlight extreme opposite situations of two contrasting social classes and, it is the emphasis of social class issues that inspires us to learn to accept and understanding the differences of people surrounding us. All the discrimination and loathing are utterly gratuitous; they are two of the peace’s greatest foes. Just take the conflict between the Socs and Greasers as an example; because of the contempt they hold towards each other, three deaths are ensued. From the very beginning of the novel, they have already demonstrated their respective dissatisfaction by labelling the West-side wealthy teenagers as the jet set or Socs, the abbreviation for Socials; whereas all boys on the East Side, as greasers.
Lulu Asselstine Mrs. Olsen LA 8 5 November, 2017 Stereotypes and Perspectives When looking at a bunch of bananas in a grocery store, people tend to choose the perfect spotless bananas, since stereotypically food that is perfect looking, with no flaws, taste better. However, people soon realize that when you start to eat bananas that have more spots and are imperfect they turn out to be sweeter and better. This connects to stereotypes because people who follow stereotyped will always eat the perfect bananas; however, people who choose to look through another perspective can realize that the imperfect bananas are better. This connects to The Outsiders because Ponyboy realizes this after he talks with two Socs, kids from a rival group named Randy and Cherry. In The Outsiders, S.E Hinton presents the idea that teenagers can break through stereotypes if they look at life through another perspective; as shown in the book when Ponyboy starts to talk to Cherry and Randy and realizes the stereotypes about them are false.
Thematic Essay- Society and Class Society and class is an important theme in “The Outsiders”, a novel written by S.E Hinton. “The Outsider”, is a book about two gangs, the Greasers and the socs who are rivals because of their economic and social differences. Throughout the book, S.E Hinton outlines that Socs, who have a better economic status are unaware of all of the other aspects in life and feel superior over the Greasers. 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 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 outsiders is a book by ( S.E Hilton ) narrating the story of over the course of two weeks of a 14 year old boy . The novel revolves around economical class and depending on the clothes you wear , how much money you have or where you 're from you are either a Greaser or Soc . The story paints the picture of the gang Warfare between the east and west sides in the mid 1960s in a town . The conflict in the novel represents the division of the east at West sides. The following essay will discuss each of the 3 conflicts that were encountered between the Socs and Greaser .