Theme Of Disgrace In S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders

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Try to imagine a irresponsible gang of drunk teenagers that like to jump their rival gangs for fun. This is exactly what happens in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. This gang is called the Socs and they enjoy beating up their rival gang, The Greasers. Most people think the greasers are a disgrace to society because they are poor and like to steal, but the Socs are more of a disgrace than the greasers. The Socs are more of a disgrace to society because they like to start fights, get drunk, and are generally a menace to everyone. The Socs are disgrace to society because they enjoy to start unwarranted fights with Greasers. By starting these fights with Greasers they almost killed Johnny. They fought him with four guys against him and made him cut, bruised, and swollen. If Ponyboy, Soda, and Steve wouldn't have found him he might have died and it also made him skittish. The Socs also made and…show more content…
By getting this drunk they become overly mean, which has led to many horrible things, and eventually led to Bob getting killed. The Socs where drunk when they attacked Ponyboy and tried to drown them for sitting by Cherry at the Drive-In. Bob was drunk when Johnny had to stab him to save Ponyboy’s life. Cherry also said that Bob and his friends, when they are drunk, become very mean and she doesn't like to be around them because of that. 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
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