The Outsiders

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Tanya Wilson
English 101
Dr. Mullens
4/29/13
Tanya Wilson
English 101
Dr. Mullens
4/29/13
Over the years we’ve seen people divided socially by attitudes, money, and lifestyles. In The Outsiders they too are divided socially by attitudes, money, and lifestyles. Although there really isn’t much difference between the Greasers and the Socs, they are divided. There are some similarities between the Greasers and the Socs. The kids are about the same age, each group has problems the other group doesn’t know about, and they live in the same town just on different sides. They both like going to the drive-in movies and they both rumble. Ponyboy and Cherry enjoy the same sunset although they view it from different sides of the city. The last similarity is that they are in tight knit gangs. Although it’s really not a gang, it’s just a close group of friends hanging together. The story focuses more on the differences that are viewed from either side.

The Socs (Socialites) live on the west side of town and are rich kids. They come from a predominately white collar lifestyle, characterized by their often "preppy" dress style. They were also stuck up and some were very spoiled. The Socs have all the breaks and get a lot of respect too. The Socs like listening to the Beetles and supposedly live carefree lives. They also like to wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks. They like to jump the Greasers for being different. They like wearing khaki pants and collared, checkered shirts. They believe they are the best because they are rich and clean. The Socs are viewed as good boys. However, that is not true. They beat up on the Greasers for being different. They also engaged in a “rumble” with the Greasers. Every time you see a Socs in the film they are either drinking or already drunk. Some of the kids in the Socs group, however, have different views of the Greasers. For instance, Sherry “Cherry” Valence, Bob’s girlfriend, admits to Ponyboy that...
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