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lolita1994 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 26, 2008 at 9:25 AM via web

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Explain the difference between Socs and Greasers in Chapter 2 of The Outsiders.

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 26, 2008 at 6:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Chapter 2 presents a few ways that Socs and Greasers differ, to add to the general variations outlined in Chapter 1.  Greasers are poor and have "gangs", and Socs are rich and have "social clubs". They hang out in different places -  Ponyboy says that "the Socs go to The Way Out and to Rusty's, and the Greasers go to "The Dingo and to Jay's".

Aside from these details, the main idea of the Chapter is that, despite their differences, there is a lot that is the same about the two groups.  Both Socs and Greasers get in trouble, and they fight, and although it is easy to resort to sterotyping, both groups are made up of unique individuals.  Cherry describes the situation succinctly when she says, "All Socs aren't like that...that's like saying all you Greasers are like Dally Winston".  Cherry also notes that individuals in both groups face hardships in their lives.  She sums it up with the observation, "I'll bet you think the Socs have it made, the rich kids...I'll tell you something...and it may come as a surprise.  We have troubles you've never even heard of...things are tough all over" (Chapter 2).

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neekers08 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 27, 2008 at 4:54 AM (Answer #2)

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The Greasers are on the East side have long hair hang out at the Dingo, and Jay's do not have alot of money like elvis wear jeans and leatherfight cleaner then the Socs and are open about their emotions

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esaha4 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM (Answer #3)

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well they are different by their ways. Greasers always have soooo much grease in their hair and the socs don't. the socs are rich, and live in a rich neighborhood, and the greasers live in the hoods. They don't have money and nice houses like the socs do.

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tackettmarissa | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 23, 2009 at 7:13 AM (Answer #4)

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how are greasers different from socs?

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 23, 2009 at 7:22 AM (Answer #5)

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The outcome of the novel, after Dallas, Ponyboy and Johnny rescue the children from the burning house on the poor side of town, demonstrates that the judgments made about the different groups can be overcome by individual actions. The Greasers, being poor and known for mischief and disruptive behavior, prove that their ringleaders are compassionate, brave and of good moral character when they risk their lives to help strangers. Cherry, one of the Socs, is a character who manages to make overtures to help bridge the gaps between the two groups, but this happens mainly because both Dallas and Ponyboy are attracted to her. She and Ponyboy discuss the fact that the stars in the sky are visible from both sides of the town they live in, calling attention to their similarities. The title of the novel itself implies one of the groups is made up of outsiders, when in reality, both sides are removed from society because of the various socioeconomic and cultural factors that set them apart.

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tatianam | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted June 13, 2011 at 4:38 AM (Answer #7)

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     In chapter two, Ponyboy destinguishes the difference between the Socials and the Greasers more than ever. Greasers are poor and have "gangs". Socs on the other hand are rich and have "social clubs". Cherry, also known as Sherri, tells Ponyboy that the Socs are fake. Most greasers are genuine and share their feelings.

     These differences don't effect some true friends such as the relationsips between Cherry and Ponyboy, Marcia and Two-Bit, etc. Even towards the end of the book, Randy, the friend of Bob Sheldon, shows kindness towards Ponyboy and shares his feelings with him.

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youngsonny1001 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 10, 2011 at 3:49 AM (Answer #8)

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This is my interpretation (with commas) of neekers08's answer. (It helped me alot)

 

The Greasers live on the East side, have long hair, hang out at the Dingo and Jay's, do not have alot of money, like Elvis, wear jeans and leather, fight cleaner then the Socs, and are open about their emotions.

 

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tntspeed | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM (Answer #9)

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remember that they still do have similarities. they're BOTH outsiders, each in their own way, each with their own hardships and problems

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minna99 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM (Answer #10)

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Ponyboy reflects how the socs have so much spare time and money that they jumped us and each other for kicks, how they have beer blasts and river bottom parties cause they didn’t know what else to do. They are so aloof, and the greasers are pretty emotional. But, there are always some similarities coming out. Like both of the groups are willing to fight for each other, we all have the same sense of humor and both of us love hanging out, and you know, go for a movie or somthin.

 

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clairesalama | Student | eNoter

Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM (Answer #11)

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greasers ware ripped clothing and the socs ware nice clothing

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krys97 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 16, 2011 at 7:25 AM (Answer #12)

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the greasers are the ones that dont have as many money and where their hair longer (making them seem more wild) while socials are the ones with money that have a better chance of going places (where more fancy stuff)

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krys97 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 16, 2011 at 7:27 AM (Answer #13)

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sorry with typos i meant they dont have as much money and that the socials have a better chance because they have money

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smartypants789 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 7, 2012 at 7:13 AM (Answer #14)

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Well greasers are poor and socs are rich for one.

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tasii29 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:02 AM (Answer #15)

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The socs are the privileged spoilt kids brought up in rich families.And they live in the west side of town.They often listen tot he Beatles and wear madras shirts,however the greaser are quite the opposite they come from hard knock family background and are very poor there right at the bottom of the status (under class).They like to listen tot the music of Elvis Presley.Greasers are involved or stereotyped as criminals which are delinquents and trouble makers.

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vandermade | eNoter

Posted March 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM (Answer #16)

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Greasers are the poor kids and Socs are the rich ones.

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ninjasquirrelly | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted March 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM (Answer #17)

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Chapter 2 presents a few ways that Socs and Greasers differ, to add to the general variations outlined in Chapter 1.  Greasers are poor and have "gangs", and Socs are rich and have "social clubs". They hang out in different places -  Ponyboy says that "the Socs go to The Way Out and to Rusty's, and the Greasers go to "The Dingo and to Jay's".

Aside from these details, the main idea of the Chapter is that, despite their differences, there is a lot that is the same about the two groups.  Both Socs and Greasers get in trouble, and they fight, and although it is easy to resort to sterotyping, both groups are made up of unique individuals.  Cherry describes the situation succinctly when she says, "All Socs aren't like that...that's like saying all you Greasers are like Dally Winston".  Cherry also notes that individuals in both groups face hardships in their lives.  She sums it up with the observation, "I'll bet you think the Socs have it made, the rich kids...I'll tell you something...and it may come as a surprise.  We have troubles you've never even heard of...things are tough all over" (Chapter 2).

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maggiegm | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM (Answer #18)

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greasers are the fast-side poor kids that are more savage than the Socs. On the other hand, Socs are the jet set, west-side rich kids who drink whisky and smoke steel tobacco.

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bubbles345 | Student | eNoter

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM (Answer #19)

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They hang out in different places -  Ponyboy says that "the Socs go to The Way Out and to Rusty's, and the Greasers go to "The Dingo and to Jay's".Im reading the outsiders too for school. That is from Chapter two.

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