In The Outsiders, how and why does Ponyboy's opinion of the socs change by the end of the story?

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lequam | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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At the beginning of the story, Ponyboy holds the same opinion of the socs as the rest of the greasers do.  The greasers hate the socs because the socs are rich, always pick on the greasers, and think that they are better than the greasers. 

As the story continues, however, Ponyboy begins to realize that the socs are just people like the greasers are.  The socs may have more money than the greasers, but they are still people who face pain in the same way and who struggle through the problems in life. 

Ponyboy's relationship with Cherry is the catalyst that causes Ponyboy to begin to think about who the socs actually are and to question the purpose of the on-going feud between the greasers and the socs. 

Also, when Johnny kills one of the socs, Pony begins to realize that the socs are just as vulnerable as the greasers are and that they are people just like the greasers. 

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At the beginning of the story, Ponyboy holds the same opinion of the socs as the rest of the greasers do.  The greasers hate the socs because the socs are rich, always pick on the greasers, and think that they are better than the greasers.

As the story continues, however, Ponyboy begins to realize that the socs are just people like the greasers are.  The socs may have more money than the greasers, but they are still people who face pain in the same way and who struggle through the problems in life.

Ponyboy's relationship with Cherry is the catalyst that causes Ponyboy to begin to think about who the socs actually are and to question the purpose of the on-going feud between the greasers and the socs.

Also, when Johnny kills one of the socs, Pony begins to realize that the socs are just as vulnerable as the greasers are and that they are people just like the greasers.

 

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angel95 | Student | eNotes Newbie

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Ponyboy's opinion bout the Socs is, in the begining Ponyboy hated the Socs because they liked to jump Greasers like himself, Johnny, Darry....At the end of the story he belived that they were just kids too, and that they were the same, and they had problems too.

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lax170 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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At the beginning of the story Ponyboy feels that the soc's are just jocks that are good in school and that they get good grades. Also he feels like their world is totally different from his. He like in the book when he comments on if that the sunset they see is the same one they see, also stateing, do they live in a totally different world then us.

At the end of the story Ponyboy feels like he knows that the soc's arn't just soc's they are real people. He gets the chance to know what the soc's go through and that he relizes what differences they have and that they akways will have. And he also states that just because we are somewhat closer together doesn't mean we'll be best buds. They will have soc kids and we'll have greaser kids.

I hope this helped chu out!!! I really enjoyed this book and the movie is great too!

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