What is considered an outsider in the book The Outsiders?

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Traditionally, an outsider is someone marginalized, ignored, or rejected by mainstream society. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, such a description would clearly apply to the greasers. All the members of this street gang come from the wrong side of the tracks and, as such, feel that they don't fit into a society that barely notices their existence until they get into trouble.

The Socs also engage in criminal activities, but as they're from higher up the social scale than the Greasers, they get a pass from society. For Socs, this whole gang warfare business is nothing more than a game. They know that they can walk away pretty much anytime they like and go back to leading normal, respectable lives.

As outsiders, greasers don't have that option. They have nothing in their lives apart from the camaraderie that gang life gives them. Their fellow gang members act as a kind of surrogate family, giving them the support and encouragement that in an ideal world would come from their biological...

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