The Outsiders Greasers Analysis

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In S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, two different gangs, the Greasers and the Socs detested each other. The author uses Ponyboy Curtis to demonstrate 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 have no problems, but he changes his opinion because of some discussions he had with a few of the Socs. His final opinion is that the Socs are just people after all, and they have problems too. My first point is Pony’s opinion at the start. To start, at the opening of the novel, Ponyboy does not like the Socs. First, the Socs have everything. For instance, they have money and money can buy whatever they want. Similarly, Pony said: “I really couldn’t see what the Socs would have to worry about - good grades, good cars, good girls,…show more content…
In the first place, Pony had a talk with Cherry Valance, a Soc, and they discussed eachothers’ problems. Cherry said: “Things are rough all over.” As a result, Pony started to realize that the Socs have problems too and they’re human too. Additionally, Ponyboy said: “It seemed funny to me that Socs - if these girls were any example - were just like us.” Pony said this because he was starting to realize that the Socs weren’t so different after all. Likewise, Randy, another Soc came and talked to Pony after Bob’s death and they talked about Bob. For that reason, Randy told Pony about his opinion of Bob. Bob could be really sweet and caring but he was reckless. Furthermore, his parents gave him whatever he desired, and he was just looking for someone to say no. Finally, Pony realized that a fellow Greaser, Dally, would jump people for fun just like the Socs do. Similarly, he realized that Dally wasn’t so different from the Socs, so maybe all the Socs weren’t so bad. In conclusion, Pony talked to Cherry and Bob, and he realized that not all Socs are bad and some Greasers are just like
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