How is there a sense of futility in The Outsiders?

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The very real sense of futility that exists in this novel emerges from the way that the author presents the class conflict between the Socs and the greasers. It is clear that the two rival worlds will never be bridged. Although understanding is reached by Cheryl and Ponyboy, for example, their differences remain just as insurmountable as ever. Although Cheryl helps them, she still does not want to go and see Johnny , even though it was her boyfriend who initiated the fight that ended in his death. The novel presents us with the grim reality of class differences that results in...

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