Why did the Greasers have it worse than the Socs?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Part of the reason that the Greasers have it worse than the Socs is that society favors the Socs over the Greasers.  At one point, the Socs tell Johnny that  "Next time you want a broad, pick up ye own kind — dirt."  This helps to describe how the Socs are able to replicate the social order.  This social order makes life harder for the Greasers than the Socs.  This difficulty is enhanced because the Greasers are poor.  Their economic challenges reflect how they are seen as "hoods" from the "bad part of town."  This aspect of class warfare strikes at the social stigma that they must counter.  It is a reality that the Socs do not have to face, as they come from wealthier and more privileged backgrounds.

The Socs enjoy social advantages that enable them to do things without sanction or judgment.  For example, Socs are able to "jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next."  The two worlds in which both live is one where Socs enjoy advantages that the Greasers lack. The reality of the world is one where Greasers face more closed doors than the Socs. This makes the Greasers experience a more challenging life than their counterparts.  The fact that they must live life being seen as "dirt" is a major reason why the Greasers have it harder than the Socs.

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The Greasers have it harder then the Socs, is because the greasers get jumped by them. Just like social classes the one that's higher gets more power. As in the story, The Outsiders the Socs would have a higher ranking then the Greasers. One proof is the way that the author doesn't capitalize the 'g' in Greasers. The greasers think that the Socs get what they want whenever they want. Which is different from what Sherri or also known as Cherry said. She said that the Greasers and Socs are very similar, and being a Socs is harder then you think. At last they both agreed that it isn't very different so Pony replied, "The sunset is good in the west as in the east." [paraphrase].

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The Greasers thought that the Socs were greedy and gets what they want anytime, but confronted by Cherry that it isn't true.

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