In Chapter 3 on The Outsiders, what does Cherry explain as the differences between the Socs and the greasers?

Expert Answers
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cherry already knows that there are similarities between the greasers and Socs: Cherry recognizes Dally as "the greaser who jockeys for the Slash J sometimes," and Dally knows that Cherry and Marcia are "barrel racers." After hearing Pony's story about Johnny's attack by the Soc with many rings on his fingers, Cherry realizes Pony is talking about her boyfriend, Bob. But Cherry claims that it's not just money that makes the biggest differences between greasers and Socs. She claims that the greasers are "more emotional" and the Socs are "cool to the point of not feeling anything." Cherry even admits that sometimes she realizes "I don't mean half of what I'm saying." The "greasers have a different set of values," and the Socs have everything that they ever want and "we're always searching for something to satisfy us, and never finding it." The Socs live in a world where

"Nothing is real for us."  (Chapter 3)

Read the study guide:
The Outsiders

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question