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Compare and contrast the Socs and the Greasers. How are they different? Are there any...

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t7yikt7k | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2008 at 10:10 AM via web

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Compare and contrast the Socs and the Greasers. How are they different? Are there any similarities?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 15, 2008 at 10:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The Greasers are a group of boys who live in the poor part of town, whereas the Socs are a gang that are from the wealthy area of town.

After the movie at the drive in, Ponyboy has a discussion with Cherry Valence about the difference between Greasers and Socs. Based on meeting the two Soc girls, Pony thinks that they are very similar in that they are all teenagers with similar interests, except "They liked the Beatles and thought Elvis Preseley was out, and we thought he Beatles were rank, and that Elvis was tuff. But that seemed the only difference to me" (Chap 3).

Cherry points out that Socs and Greasers have a different set of values, though. The Soc's are aloof, cold and don't show feelings, whereas with the Greasers emotions run high.

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ponyboilover | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 1, 2009 at 5:07 AM (Answer #2)

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The Greasers are often looked down upon. They are known as theifs and bad people. Their hair is full of Grease and they're "tuff".

On the other hand, the Socs are pretty much the opposite. They are seen as happy, good people. They're rich, well dressed and clean.

Also, the two groups come from two very different backgrounds.

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