Analysis Of 'The Outsiders' By Frederick Douglass

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According to Frederick Douglass, “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Douglass spoke of the danger and issues of organization and separation by class, yet it is the scenario depicted in The Outsiders. The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel written by S. E. Hinton in the 1960s. In The Outsiders, the teenagers of a city are being ripped apart by a violent feud based solely on social class. The first group, known as the Socs, are the wealthy and popular. The second group is the Greasers, who are poor and viewed as the scum of the city. The…show more content…
As a result, Pony doesn’t know what the life has a Soc is truly like. He can only assume based on what he sees. As is human nature, Pony readily victimizes himself and views the Socs as savages and as though their lives are perfect. This, of course, prokes a feeling of rage, which in application, is violence. Though isolation, violence is achieved. Later Pony and his Greaser friend Johnny are confronted by a group of Socs among who are Bob and Randy, the boyfriends of two girls Pony and Johnny had hung out with at a movie. In their exchange, their hatred for each other is all too clear to see, "Next time you want a broad, pick up yer own kind--- dirt." I was getting mad. I was hating them enough to lose my head. "You know what a greaser is?" Bob asked. "White trash with long hair..." "You know what a Soc is?" I said, my voice shaking with rage. "White trash with Mustangs and madras." And then, because I couldn't think of anything bad enough to call them, I spit at them” (Hinton, 55). Pony and Johnny knew nothing of these Socs except what stereotypes had told them. Likewise, the Socs were prejudiced and judged Pony and Johnny as scum without knowing them. The Socs go on to almost drown Pony, only to be stopped by Johnny stabbing and killing one of them in defense. Because of the gap and separation between them, that was brought by judging, Pony and Johnny were the other boys and enemies, and thus violence ensued. The same is true in
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