Saints and Roughnecks Reaction Paper

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Society tends to punish only the poor for their visible crimes, although the invisible crimes of rich are more severe and heinous than those of the poor. “The Outsiders” and “Saints and Roughnecks” commonly point towards one issue i.e. future of individuals is decided by the way they are treated by the materialistic society which tends to favor the richer and suppress the poorer to the extent that the latter are pushed into social exclusion. The society in which we live can be principally divided into two types of people; the rich and the poor. People belonging to both of these classes can be criminals, but it appears as though the poor are always the ones committing delinquent acts. The poor get noticed for their crimes because their region is specific and a scarcity of resources which causes them to be less smart in hiding their crimes unlike the rich. Moreover, the crimes committed by the rich are too abstract to be taken into account, in that, they offer psychological torture to the poor in the form of abuse or insult to which they physically react and are punished. “The Outsiders” and “Saints and Roughnecks” form part of the vast literature that has preserved the different standards of justice for the rich and the poor, which have always dwelled in society. The poor have always been looked down upon by the society in general, and the rich in particular. This social attitude has resulted into the emergence of such concepts as social exclusion, which forms the basis of the widespread crime among the poor. In fact, the absorption of rights of the lower class people by the upper classes is the fundamental cause of the rise of social exclusion. As pointed out in Saints and Roughnecks, rich kids are able to maintain a good reputation among the family and neighbors only because it is easy for them to get away with all their bad deeds because of the facilities and resources made available to them by their rich parents. They can use their own cars to...