The Outsiders Focused On How Greasers Were Victims Of Their Environment

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One of the main ideas of S.E. Hintons book The Outsiders focused on how greasers were “victims of their environment”, as the story is told through a greaser’s perspective. This means that the greasers have faced many negative forces in their community, and have been seemingly powerless to overcome them. One example that was used to show this was stereotyping. The greasers and Socs were categorized based on where they live, what they look like, how they act, and how much money they have. The plot of the Outsiders mainly revolves around how the greasers are affected by social, emotional, and economical events and how these events have made them who they are. This then affects how they become “victims of their environment”. However, I believe that the Socs were, in their own way, victims of their environment as well. Hinton’s novel portrays the Socs as extremely wealthy and stuck up kids who have everything they could need or want. Their parents don’t spend quality time with them and instead sort of buy them off. They are raised with no boundaries so they spend most of their time picking on the lower class people (Hinton 136). By this the author explains how the Socs home environment affects their personality and their outlook on life. A good example of this is Bob, who was a popular and recognizable Soc with a tough gang and a reputation of being merciless and very feared. In the plot line Bob was the antithesis, he beat up Johnny and Ponyboy, treats his girlfriend Cherry
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