What does Cherry explain as the difference between the Socs and the greasers in The Outsiders?

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One of the major themes of this story is that of the social class system. Prejudice exists on all sides. The greasers see the Socs as the rich spoiled privileged kids who get everything they want and have it made. They do not believe that the Socs have any real problems. The Socs see the greasers as lesser human beings. They see the greasers as being pieces of trash with no morality or decency. Cherry explains to Ponyboy that, "It's not just money. Part of it is, but not all. You greasers have a different set of values. You're more emotional. We're sophisticated - cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real with us".  This shows the fake nature of appearances that the Socs must maintain at all times. The greasers have things very hard, being poor and looked down on, but they can at least be real; they don't have to hide behind appearances.

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