What are three reasons why the Socs are more of a disgrace and menace to society than the greasers in the novel The Outsiders?  

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to Ponyboy, the Socs "get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next" (3).  His characterization of that particular social group of kids rings true as the events of The Outsiders reveal that the Socs are dangerous.

1.  The Socs are bullies.

Several times throughout the novel, the Socs target and pick on boys who are smaller than them and do so in greater numbers.  At the beginning of the novel when Ponyboy walks home from the movie, the Socs actually stop and unload their car to jump him.  Johnny's severe beating is another good example of how the Socs target weaker victims.

2. The Socs act out of boredom.

The Socs target and beat up on the greasers because they do not have enough to do, or like Bob, they are pushing the limits to see what they can get away with. 

3.  Difference in Socio-economic status.

The Socs could be using their economic status to help make a difference.  They could volunteer and perform community service, since they do not have to work to support their family, like Darry and other greaser boys.  Instead, the Socs come across in the novel as self-centered, using their power for evil, rather than good.

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