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Literature in Society Essay

  • Submitted by: connorh91
  • on September 14, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,595 words

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S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders does a remarkable job of showing the public the struggle between social classes and the tremendous power of friendship and family bonds to promote social change.   She does this first and better than anybody since.   It becomes obvious to the audience that there is a clear distinction and from that separation, and nothing else, arises conflict.  
Even though the novel, The Outsiders, was written in the 1960’s, it still portrays many of the same issues that are present in today’s society. The gap between the rich and the poor is not only a problem today but has been throughout all of history. In The Outsiders, the “Socs”, short for the “socials”, and the “Greasers” have been in a feud for as long as anyone can remember. As most can tell from the name alone, the “Socs” are the upper class while the “Greasers” are members of the lower class.
In the film adaptation of the book, it is incredibly easy to see the vast difference of the two classes. In the movie, the “Socs” better groomed, have better cars and are dressed in more expensive clothing. On the contrary, the “Greasers” have poor hygiene, except for their hair, most don’t even own a car and they are, without exception, dressed in leather jackets and blue jeans. The symbol of a leather jacket and blue jeans has been given a bad boy image from society. It is uncommon to see the upper class dressed in leather jackets and blue jeans because leather jackets and jeans are usually associated with a certain sect of society, usually the poorer classes.
One of the biggest problems with the members of the “Greasers” is that no one wants to better themselves. All of the members realize that they won’t amount to much in their life so the gang doesn’t even try to move up the social ladder. “Greasers are almost like hoods; we steal things and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in a while.” (Hinton 3) This further proves the points that the Greasers have accepted their position on...

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