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.
People have dreams, and sometimes those dreams can be destroyed. Many times this devastating event happens because of either money or social class. In S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, the Greasers understand and realize they belong to the working class and that mobility up the social class ladder is nearly impossible.
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.
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
The award winning novel the Outsiders is a true wake up call to society regarding concepts that have been present in society over the years. The story is looked at in the point of view of the east side, the lower class or in this case the greasers. The novel has received recognition by winning several awards such as: the New York tribune best teenage book list in 1967, the Chicago tribune book world spring book festival honor book also in 1967, the ALA best young adult books in 1975, and then later on won the Massachusetts children book award in 1979. The story takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma where the author was raised. The author was 15 when she started writing the book but wrote most of it when she was 16, however the book was published when she was 18. Other then the fact that the writer’s age was young making that a challenge, the writer was also a girl. The book was published in 1967, when sexism was still an issue thus causing the writer to go by S.E Hinton (her initials). The purpose behind it was so that people would give the book a fair chance and as a matter of fact when people found out she was a girl they were quit astonished. One of the many concepts that were present was honor among the lawless. It showed that ones social class is not an attributing factor to ones honor. This is displayed in many realistic life like scenes where the lawless/ the greasers display more honor despite being the low social class. Even though the greasers are put in many situations
Initially, at the opening of the novel, Ponyboy does not like the Socs. To start, the Socs have everything. For instance, they have money, and money can buy whatever they want. Similarly, Pony expressed: “I really couldn’t see what the Socs would have to worry about - good grades, good cars, good girls, madras and Mustangs and Corvairs - Man, I thought, if I had worries like that I’d consider myself lucky.” Assuming that the Socs have no problems, Pony comes to the conclusion that it’s only the Greasers that have all the rough breaks. Next, Pony thinks that the Socs aren’t fair because they jump Greasers for fun and don’t think about the effect that it has on the Greasers. Furthermore, the Socs don’t fight fair, they gang up on the Greasers and they intimidate them. Last but not least, the Socs don’t feel anything. For example, Pony announced: “Socs were always
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.
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
“I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city, I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!” Sodapop chants as he flips off the front steps of his house. Making their way down to the empty lot, Ponyboy, his two brothers and the rest of his gang are about ready to crush the Socs’ heads in- the upperclassmen, west-side rich kids. In the novel by S.E. Hinton, much of the fights passing between the two groups is brought upon by the Socs, who hurt the Greasers just because they can. The Socs go up and hurt Greasers who were minding their own business, doing things such as playing football and walking down the street. Sometimes the Socs put them through unfathomable agony, like
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
Have you ever felt vulnerable or threatened while surrounded by a group of strangers? What did you want at that time? Backup and friends to protect you, right? The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton perfectly represents this struggle and how friends help to resolve it. The novel is realistic fiction that is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1965. It is about how a gang of low-income teens, the Greasers, conflicts with another gang of wealthy teens, the Socs. By being loyal to each other, the Greasers have overcome most of the challenges that the Socs have proposed. This is why the major theme of The Outsiders is that loyalty is essential for a group’s survival and well-being.
The Socs have it hard because they don't want to be good and act nice all the time like they are expected to.They want to act like greaser but they aren't supposed to or expected to but they still fight and do stuff they shouldn't.Finally,they have good grades and fast cars and the Greasers dont have that.but,they are rich and the greasers don't have much money so they have it better than the greasers in that aspect.
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
Usually people criticize others with a glance instead of talking and getting to know them. The Soc's and greasers classified each other into groups, they didn't get to know one another. All they really did was look, they didn't look on the inside. Ponyboy was having a conversation with Randy when he then realized what Cherry meant. "I remembered Cherry's voice: things are rough all over. I knew then what she meant.(99)'" He registered that there all the