The Greasers struggle with several things throughout the novel The Outsiders. The Greasers have a bad reputation and come from a rather rough neighborhood. The gang members come from relatively poorer families and are known for being social outcasts. Ponyboy mentions that the character of Pip, from the novel Great Expectations, reminds him of certain Greasers. Ponyboy says that most girls, especially Soc girls, look down on them and treat them with contempt. The majority of the Greasers come from broken homes and have little family support. They look to their gang for advice, assistance, and love because they have terrible home lives. This is one of the reasons why Darry leaves the back door to his house unlocked, so that other Greasers have a place to spend the night in case they get kicked out of their homes. When Johnny mentions that he is going to turn himself in, Dally comments that the police are always harder on Greasers than other individuals. The police recognize the Greasers as the city's "trouble-makers," and do not hesitate to give them tougher sentences. Most Greasers struggle in the classroom, and Ponyboy and Darry are the exceptions. In addition to being social outcasts, Greasers are generally "lost" individuals. They lack direction to their lives, and either end up in prison or working menial jobs. Ponyboy recognizes that there are thousands of individuals throughout America who are hopeless and need direction, which is why he writes the story The Outsiders.