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Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:29 PM via iOS

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Describe the Socs

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caitlinjoseph10 | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted June 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Socs is short for 'Socials," which are the wealthy group of teens living on the West Side.  They've been described as having it all: "money, cars and futures," in the perception of Ponyboy.  They do well in school, and present a perfect image.  They've also got social acceptance on their side.  Cherry, of The Greasers, describes them as, "too cool to feel anything." They commonly beat up their opposing group - The Greasers - for fun.

The Socs also have their own challenges and troubles.  They crave limits, boundaries and rules.  They wish someone would tell them no, at least once. 

The juxtaposition of The Greasers and The Socials speaks to the themes of wealth and social class.  If the characters in the novel were all on equal footing (money, homes, family, friends), they wouldn't be so different. 

The members of the Socs are:

*Sherri "Cherry," Valance: Bob's girlfriend.  She attends the same high school as Ponyboy.

*Marcia: Cherry's best friend.

*Robert "Bob" Sheidon: Cherry's boyfriend.  Johnny (of The Greasers) stabs him

*Randy Adderson:  A friend of Bob's and Marcia's boyfriend.

*David: A member of Bob and Randy's gang.  He attempts to drown Ponyboy in the fountain.
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