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The Curtis brothers, as well as their greaser friends and Soc adversaries, face many of the problems that teenagers face today. Three of the major themes discussed in The Outsiders--those of class conflict, search for self and loyalty--are still pertinent in the 21st century. The boys have adopted their "greaser" monikers proudly when many would consider it a derogatory term. Because of their lower class status, their greasy hair and leather jackets are all they have of which to be proud. The boys all have dreams of bettering themselves, but they seem relegated to the fact that "Socs will always be Socs and greasers will always be greasers." Socs and greasers alike also face the questions of loyalty. They must decide who and what is more important--their friends, parents or moral obligations--when conflicts between them occur. Other problems the teens face are family issues such as violence (Johnny Cade), death (the Curtis brothers), and detachment (many of the Socs).
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