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The Rivalry Between The And West Side Story And The Outsiders

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“Need a haircut, greaser?’” “’How’d you like that haircut to begin just below the chin?”(Hinton, pg.5) A Soc says, as Ponyboy gets jumped by a few Socs. There is a colossal rivalry between the Socs and the greasers, and it has always been that way. The two gangs cannot see each other and put aside their differences, thus the greasers, the poorer gang, on occasion, experience “jumps”, or in other words gets injured by a couple of Socs. This goes the same for West Side Story, a movie created in 1961. In West Side Story, two gangs, the Sharks (Puerto Ricans), and the Jets (White), are rivals, and one gang is thought of a lesser group of people. Slowly but surely, both gangs in both The Outsiders and West Side Story and eventually put aside their differences. In both West Side Story, and The Outsiders, the gangs learn a very important theme: “I should do what is right, even if it means crashing the stereotypes.” In The Outsiders, Johnny and Ponyboy save the kids that were trapped in the church fire. Because both Johnny and Ponyboy are greasers, society would not expect them to have willingly gone in to the church and save the children out of the kindness of their hearts. No, a greaser’s goal was to act tough and be “tuff”. In fact, it clearly states in the book, “Tough is the same as rough; tuff means cool, sharp—like a tuff-looking Mustang or a tuff record. In our neighborhood both are compliments,” (Hinton, pg.12). He wants to be tough and tuff and he wants to be heartless
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