The Outsiders: The Outsiders And The Socs

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Have you ever felt like an outsider? In Tulsa, Oklahoma during the 1960’s S.E Hilton wrote a book called “The Outsiders”. The outsiders is about two group of teens called the Greasers and the Socs. These two groups are known to be very different from each other, but are they really? Who are the outsiders? While both the Greasers and the Socs feel like outsiders, the real outsiders are the ones who don’t divide themselves into any of these groups in society. In this novel, the Greasers feel like the true outsiders. When Ponyboy is in biology class, he takes out a switchblade and a soc girl says, “They’re right. You are a hood.” (Doc B). The Soc girl called him a hood because she has heard stuff about him from other people. So he is known to be a hood, which doesn’t make him part of society. Similarly, the Socs feel like the true outsiders in the novel. A Soc named Cherry begins to explain how different the two groups are from each other in…show more content…
When Ponyboy begins to recite the poem as another

Greaser, named Johnny listens, Johnny starts to feel like an outsider. Johnny says, referring to himself, Ponyboy, Cherry, and Sodapop, “ I guess we are different.” (Doc D).
Later Ponyboy starts talking to a Soc named Randy. He then begins to realize that Randy isn’t like the other Socs. Ponyboy says “he ain’t a Soc, he’s just a guy.” (Doc E). Finally Ponyboy goes to see Johnny at the hospital. Johnny thinks that Ponyboy isn’t like the rest of the Greasers. Johnny tells Ponyboy to “stay gold, Ponyboy stay gold…” (Doc F). Johnny says this to Ponyboy to let him know that he needs to be independent and focused on himself, not on the violence of the Greasers and the Socs. On the contrary, the true outsiders are the people who don’t put themselves into any group. The people who focus on other more important stuff rather than the Greasers and the Socs are the true
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