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Introduction see all, summary see all, themes see all.

Society and Class

  • Appearances

Characters See All

  • Ponyboy Curtis
  • Johnny Cade
  • Darrel Curtis
  • Sodapop Curtis
  • Dallas Winston
  • Two-Bit Mathews
  • Steve Randle
  • Sherri Valance
  • Randy Adderson
  • Bob Sheldon
  • Johnny's Parents
  • The Curtis Parents
  • Tim Shepard
  • Curly Shepard
  • The Brumly Gang
  • Buck Merrill
  • Paul Holden

Analysis See All

  • What's Up With the Title?
  • What's Up With the Ending?
  • Writing Style
  • Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
  • Narrator Point of View
  • Plot Analysis

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  • For Teachers

Much of the action in The Outsiders is driven by class conflict. Fourteen-year-old narrator Ponyboy's gang, the Greasers, hail from the economically struggling East Side, while the rival gang, the Socials, come from the wealthy West Side. And, boy, these two groups are locked in a battle with no winners.

As author S.E. Hinton tells us that the "Soc vs. Greaser conflict" was inspired by similar rivalries in her own high school ( source ). The Outsiders is concerned with internal conflict and with its characters' inner lives, but most of the action and conflict is framed by interactions within and between groups.

Questions About Society and Class

  • From Pony's perspective, what advantages do the wealthier Socials have that he doesn't? Why are these important?
  • At the rumble, Ponyboy thinks that Darry would be a Social if he didn't have Pony, Soda, and the gang holding him back. What do you think Pony means by this? Is it a compliment, or an insult?
  • Have you experienced, seen, or heard about gang conflicts like the ones depicted in The Outsiders ? Does the novel contribute to your understanding of these situations? Why or why not?
  • What's the difference between a gang and a social club?
  • What might motivate Bob and his friends to beat up kids who have less money? What would the story be like if it was told by Bob's point of view, or by one of Bob's friends?

Chew on This

The Outsiders makes an argument for a society in which wealth is more evenly distributed among society's members. The Outsiders argues that violence and criminal activity aren't isolated to people in the lower economic classes, but that people in the lower economic classes are punished more often and more severely for any crimes they commit.

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  1. The Outsiders: the Theme of Social Classes

    The Outsiders: the Theme of Social Classes Cite This Essay Download In The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, there is a common theme of class divide rich vs poor and greasers vs socs. In the novel The Outsiders is about two gangs on each side of a town. The socs and the greasers, who have a destructive rivalry and are very different.

  2. The Outsiders: Mini Essays

    The Outsiders is a novel of conflicts—greaser against Soc, rich against poor, the desire for violence against the desire for reconciliation. Dally and Johnny do not battle against each other, but they are opposites. Johnny is meek, fearful, and childlike, while Dally is hard, cynical, and dangerous.

  3. The Outsiders: Themes

    The Outsiders tells the story of two groups of teenagers whose bitter rivalry stems from socioeconomic differences. However, Hinton suggests, these differences in social class do not necessarily make natural enemies of the two groups, and the greasers and Socs share some things in common. Cherry Valance, a Soc, and Ponyboy Curtis, a greaser ...

  4. Social Classes In The Outsiders

    4 Pages Open Document Outsiders Theme Essay No matter where you go in the world, people are divided. They can be divided by their wealth or state of living these are social class. In the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton social classes a very apparent the rich and the poor. In The Outsiders, social classes create a divide in the community.

  5. The Outsiders Society and Class

    Society and Class. Much of the action in The Outsiders is driven by class conflict. Fourteen-year-old narrator Ponyboy's gang, the Greasers, hail from the economically struggling East Side, while the rival gang, the Socials, come from the wealthy West Side. And, boy, these two groups are locked in a battle with no winners.