Why are gangs important to the Greasers and Socs in The Outsiders?

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The gangs are important because the members provide security to each other. In Chapter 1 of the story, Ponyboy is accosted by members of the Socs after leaving a movie house. He was aware that Greasers did not walk alone for the fear of being attacked by the Socs, and the Socs shared the same fear. However, on this occasion, Ponyboy is attacked but is rescued before more damage is done. Johnny goes through a similar experience, but he is not lucky because the event leaves him badly injured and traumatized.

"I'm okay."

Sodapop came loping back. By then I had figured that all the noise I had heard was the gang coming to rescue me. He dropped down beside me, examining my head.

The gangs offered friendship and a sense of belonging to the members. The Greasers and Socs were each a band of close friends who knew each other well. For instance, Randy knew that Bob was spoilt by his parents. Bob was never reprimanded by his parents, and he hated it. The Greasers knew that Johnny was mistreated by his...

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