On pg 132 of The Outsiders, when Ponyboy asks what kind of world it is , what comment is he making about how society judges people?

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One of the major themes of this book deals with societies prejudice and judgment of others appearance. In this chapter of the book they are preparing for the rumble with the Socs. Ponyboy wonders, "What kind of a world is it where all I have to be proud of is a reputation for being a hood, and greasy hair? I don't want to be a hood, but even if I don't steal things and mug people and get boozed up, I'm marked lousy." Ponyboy is commenting that no matter what his actions are or no matter what kind of person he really is, society just sees his greasy hair and labels him as a hood, so this is all he has to be proud of because it is all he has. He is shown throughout this book to be more sensitive and intelligent than all of his greaser friends. However, society sees them all the same. In these lines, Ponyboy criticises a society that would be so prejudice and leave someone so little in terms of hope.

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