Gangs In S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders

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“Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up and still. A dark pool was growing from him, spreading slowly over the blue white cement. I looked at Johnny's hand. He was clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt. My stomach gave a violent jump and my blood turned icy.” Imagine that you did something, something that you thought wasn’t that bad at the time, but you regretted it later. Something bad that caused your best friend to kill a member of a rival gang, and all of the aftermath that follows. In the novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, this nightmare becomes a reality. In The Outsiders there are two rival gangs: the Greasers; the poor hoodlums that live on the east side of town, and the Socs; the rich kids with more stress in their lives than you would think. The novel is told by the perspective of Ponyboy, a Greaser. There is constant conflict between these two gangs, but…show more content…
They are at fault because they are reckless, they break laws and fight for fun, while the Socs only fight if they have a good reason. They are at fault because they unfairly stereotype the Socs and cause conflict between the two gangs, and finally, because all of the deaths in the novel were directly and indirectly caused by the Greasers. If the Greasers never tried to steal the Socs girlfriends, the Socs wouldn’t have jumped them, Johnny never would have killed Bob, Johnny wouldn’t have died, and Dally wouldn’t have committed suicide. The lessons learned in this riveting and spine chilling story are crucial to apply to your everyday lives, because if not cautious, then this dystopia may become a reality. To think that, this whole dilemma could have been avoided by one small thing… “Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” -William
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