How do the socs have it rough in The Outsiders?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cherry Valance tells Ponyboy, "Things are rough all over" (35).  From Cherry's perspective the Socs have problems too, troubles that Ponyboy would never imagine.  The Social set is cool, but that sort of emotional distance comes with a price; the Socs do not feel anything.  Cherry confesses that "nothing is real to us" (38).  Furthermore, their material wealth, instead of being an advantage, became negative, because the Socs had too much of everything.  They could never feel satisfied with what they had and felt like they had to keep looking for more.  Later Randy confirms this as he decribes to Ponyboy how Bob always pushed the limits with his parents who had "spoild him rotten," but really just wanted to be told 'no' (116).