In The Outsiders, what did Ponyboy learn from Randy about the socs?

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leighanastasia | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Ponyboy learned from Randy that it's "rough all over" and that socs have feelings too. Before talking to Randy, Ponyboy had this idealized view of socs, that maybe they didn't bleed like the greasers did. After talking to Randy, he came to realize just how similar the two boys really were, regardless of clique.

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Randy Adderson, a soc, tells Ponyboy that he won't be showing up at the rumble that night because he's tired of the fighting. Randy also tells Ponyboy that Bob's parents spoiled him rotten. Bob was good looking and intelligent, and his parents allowed him to do whatever he wanted. Even when he came home drunk, his parents blamed themselves for his actions rather than punishing him. Randy believes that kids want their parents to punish them and set limits for them, and he thinks that if Bobs father had only hit him once, Bob would still be alive. Randy also says that he thinks the rumble that is taking place that night is pointless. At the end, the greasers will still be poor, and the socs will still have money. He doesn't think the fighting will change anything, and he's tired of the situation between the greasers and socs.

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