In what way is there a sense of futility in "The Outsiders?"

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The most effective way to convey a sense of "futility" in literature is to depict individuals attempting to break through institutional barriers that are entrenched, protected by interests and overall inertia.  I think that Hinton does this in her work in a couple of ways.  In depicting the world between the Socs and the Greasers as one of economic reality, the fact of the matter becomes that the Greasers will never be able to defeat the class system that has relegated them to the periphery.  It is a futile reality that is constructed, but the Socs have all of the...

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