In what way is there a sense of futility in the text of the novel, The Outsiders?
In a larger sense, the futility that is present in the novel is that there will always be a level of social stratification which creates people on the "inside" as well as those on "outsiders." The Socs will always enjoy the benefits of life because of social, economic, and cultural riches in capital. The reality is that the Greasers will have it tougher because the distribution of power and allocation of resources favors the Socs. Hinton articulates a condition of futility because the members of the Greasers see illusory expressions of power (the rumble, minor intimidation) as representing valid articulations of control. The reality, as they find out, is that these illusions are temporary and have no change in the structural foundation of power allocation and exercise. The reality is that...
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