Hinton explores the themes of inequality and discrimination through her portrayal of how the Greasers are treated by their peers and society in general. Hinton also examines how the Socs struggle with similar issues despite their privileged social status. Pony continually laments that he is "marked lousy" simply because he is a Greaser, and he compares himself to Pip from Dickens's classic novel Great Expectations. Pony's allusion emphasizes how people view him with contempt because of his lower-class background, appearance, and social group. Even though Pony is portrayed as a sensitive, intelligent, athletic adolescent with a bright future, he is viewed with contempt and discriminated against by his peers and authority figures, which is unfair and inaccurate. In chapter 3, Pony says,
It ain't fair! . . . It ain't fair that we have all the rough breaks! (38)
Pony believes that the circumstances surrounding himself, his brothers, and close friends are undeserved and unfair. Pony finds it...
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