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Outsiders Essay

The Outsiders is a novel by S.E Hinton that is set in the 1960’s in a
city close to New York. It is about the conflict between the rich
people, the upper-class, the west-side kids, called the Socs and the
lower class, poorer people, called the Greasers.

The conflict between the two social groups occurs because the Socs are
too real and too demanding for things. The Greasers are being jumped
by the Socs and that creates conflict and hatred between the two
groups who aren’t really that different, but Socs see Greasers
differently and Greasers see Socs differently too. Pg42 “Things are
rough all over.” Things are rough all over for the Socs, as the
Greasers see that they seem to not have a worry in the world, they
have food, clothes, a home and people to love them. But they have
problems that the Greasers haven’t even heard of. There is never real
conflict, because when the guys are not there, conflict doesn’t
exist. Bob is always doing what he wants and nothing is there to stop
him, so that makes the Greasers hate him more and more conflict is
created. The jealousy that the Greasers have toward the Socs also
results to conflict, because the Socs have money, and the Greasers
don’t. The Socs make the track team, Greasers don’t. The Socs go to
college and Greasers drop out of school. There are many things that
result to conflict between the Socs and the Greasers.

Conflict between the Greasers ad Socs happen because of fights,
rumbles and discrimination between social classes. There isn’t really
any conflict between Ponyboy and Randy because they knew each other as
soft, those who don’t really want to hurt others. Randy didn’t go to
the rumble because he had enough of it, he was tired, and Ponyboy
understood. Pg175 “He was just like the rest of the Socs. Cold-
blooded mean.” Ponyboy knew that Randy was like him – not tough, but
Ponyboy thought that Randy was cold-blooded mean afterwards because
Randy kept on saying that Johnny killed Bob, when Pony was in the
process of denial. Johnny killed Bob and that results to conflict
between the other Socs who knew Bob, besides Cherry and Randy toward
the Greasers, because Bob was their leader. Bob had jumped Johnny
before and that had hurt Johnny so much that the gang had to protect
him no matter what and that separated the Greasers and Socs even more.

Although there is conflict between the two social groups, there is
conflict between the Greasers within themselves. Pony and Darry have
conflict in a way that isn’t so obvious, but it exists. Pony thought
that Darry didn’t like him, didn’t love him, because he always yelled
at him to do this and to do that, but Darry did care and he did
everything for Ponyboy’s own good. pg136 “You know, the only thing
that keeps Darry from bein’ a Soc is us.” Ponyboy knew that Darry
could easily be a Soc; he had all the qualities of a Soc, the only
thing that stopped him from being a Soc was the gang. Between Dally
and Ponyboy there is conflict in a way that Pony thinks that Dally is
too real for him, too tough and hard. He doesn’t care and love
anything. pg66 “The fight for self- preservation had hardened him
beyond caring.” Darry couldn’t care; he had to protect himself from
everything since he was little, so he had to be tough, and so nothing
can hurt him. Conflict also exists between the Socs, Cherry questions
Bob about his aimless life and why he always gets drunk.

Ponyboy has conflict within himself, he wants to make the track team
again, but he slacks off toward the end. He likes to read and digs
sunsets, he is gold. Pg189 “Like the way you dig sunsets. That’s
gold.” Ponyboy has his dreams, he wants to do well in school, he
wants to go to college, but he also wants to help Darry and Soda,
because he has so many jobs and is too stressed. He does all this
just to earn enough money to get Ponyboy to keep on getting an
education. Cherry understands the difference between the Socs and the
Greasers; she understands that not all Socs and Greasers are the
same. The two groups are both people. Cherry also digs sunsets and
that is gold like how Pony does. Pg139 “Can you see the sunset real
good from the West-side?” She blinked, startled, then smiled. “Real
good.” The sunset is the same on both sides. Both Cherry and Ponyboy
share the same dreams and thoughts. Randy, himself being a Soc, is in
conflict with himself, because he needs to act like a mean Soc, but
the other part of him is tired of all this fighting and wants to stop
and not continue this way. He tries to overcome this by running away
before the rumble, but this comes to the conflict within himself.
Randy starts to question whether there really needs to be a social
divide between the Socs and the Greasers, if they’re both people, only
that the Socs are richer. Darry could be a Soc if he really wanted to
because he has all the qualities a Soc needs, but he has the gang and
his two brothers. He needs to look after Ponyboy and Soda, so he had
to drop out of school. Darry gave up being a Soc for Soda and Pony,
but the conflict here is that Darry could always leave his family
behind and become a Soc.

The forms of conflict shown in the Outsiders all don’t really exist,
but the Socs and Greasers, are always going to have a line that
separates them.

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