In The Outsiders, from Ponyboy's point of view, what do the soc's have to worry about?

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In the first chapter, Ponyboy comments that Socs did not have much to worry about like Greasers did.  From Ponyboy's point of view, the Socs, "who jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next," have relatively few genuine problems or difficulties (3).  The Socs live on the good side of town, with parents with good jobs, and nicer cars.  They have all the luck, and the greasers have the "rough breaks."  Ponyboy's perception of the Socs is shared by all greasers and serves to widen the gulf between the two groups, adding to the conflict between them.  His view of the Socs begins to change after talking to Cherry Valance at the drive-in in chapter two as well as Randy much later in the novel. 


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