What are some things that are rough for the Greasers?  

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One thing that the Greasers definitely struggle with is a bad reputation and the discrimination that comes with a bad reputation. The Greasers are instantly judged by people, and the judgement is usually that they are up to no good. Law enforcement, judges, and juries generally consider a Greaser guilty until proven innocent. In some cases, the Greasers are lawbreakers. Dally is a good example. He has already been to jail. Another thing that is rough for the Greasers is their financial place in the world. Greasers are from the poorer parts of town. They struggle with earning enough money for things that the Socs take for granted. Soda and Darry both dropped out of school in order to financially provide for the family and keep Ponyboy in school. This example also shows that the Greasers struggle with education. If they are not attending school in order to work, they have limited prospects for future education. With an extremely limited education, they are not likely to ever get any kind of job that would pull them out of the cycle of poverty. Finally, it appears that coming from a broken home is quite normal for Greasers. Johnny's family physically and emotionally abuses him, and Ponyboy's family is just composed of boys. The parents have been killed. Without any decent adult role models in their lives, the Greasers really struggle with finding direction in their lives.

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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.

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