Economics In Films: The Outsiders

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Can you imagine living in a place where you were born with a social label; being unable to show who you really were? You could not control how other people saw you or treated you all because of your family’s income. No matter what, you were always going to be a “Greaser”, or a “Soc”. To be a friend to the unknown persons of your group, and sworn enemy to all who do not share your position on the social structure. This is the life of the young people of a movie titles, The Outsiders. Francis Coppola’s 1980s hit, The Outsiders, focuses on a group of young men dubbed, the Greasers. The Greasers are children of the lower class families in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the 1960s. Most of the boys came from broken homes or homes with no true, parental guardians. The main characters, the young, fresh-faced, Ponyboy Curtis, played by C. Thomas Howells, and fellow Greaser, Johnny Cade, played by Ralph Macchio, set out together to escape imprisonment for killing a Soc. The Socs were the higher income families of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The movie starts out at the town’s drive-in. Ponyboy and his Greaser friends get into multiple agreements with a few Socs about their girlfriends. Later that night, a few of the high class kids harass Ponyboy and Johnny. The group of Socs out-numbered the two boys by a lot. They tried to drown the young, defenseless, Ponyboy. In his defense, Johnny came up behind the head Soc, and killed him with his blade. After the rest of the Socs realized what had happened, they fled, so Johnny and Ponyboy went to Dallas Winston to receive help. Dallas helped them runaway to Windrixville, where they hid out in an old, abandoned church. When Dallas met up with them at the abandoned church a few days later, Johnny decided that he wanted to go back home, and turn himself in to the police. On their way back, they saw that a school had

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