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What is an example of classism in The Outsiders?

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The most obvious example of classism in S.E. Hinton's classic novel The Outsiders concerns the community's prejudice against the Greasers. Unlike the affluent Socs, who hail from the West-side and have wealthy families, the Greasers occupy the lower-class and come from dysfunctional, poor families. Even though the Socs engage in delinquent behaviors and go out of their way to terrorize the Greasers, they have a positive reputation and avoid public scrutiny simply because of their appearance, background, and upper-class status. Pony compares himself to Pip from the novel Great Expectations because he is marked lousy simply because of his socioeconomic status. Even his affluent classmates are prejudiced against him because he is a poor Greaser.

Pony also mentions that the Socs get all the breaks and avoid public...

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