Think about you and your best friend when you were younger. You both were different, but that didn’t matter. As you grew up, you grew apart to the point where you hated each other just because “one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side.
” In the novel The Outsiders, S.E Hinton describes a theme about the divided communities between the Socs and the Greasers and the conflict between the two communities, also within the communities.
S.E Hinton uses the conflict between The Greasers and The Socs as a major theme in the novel. The divided communities of the socs and greasers has brought many people apart. During the book, Ponyboy quickly understands what really happened to his brother Darry the greaser and Darry’s old friend the soc. “They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side. They shouldn’t hate each other” (Hinton 143). Because of the divided communities of the socs and the greasers, it causes conflict between individuals. While Ponyboy was talking to Cherry, Cherry had some thoughts about what she thinks of the socs and greasers. Cherry says, “It’s not just money. Part of it is, but not all. You greasers have a different set of values. You’re more emotional.
We’re sophisticated-cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real with us” (Hinton 38).Ponyboy then discovers the real differences between the greasers and the Socs; things aren’t easier for either of them. After Ponyboy was with Cherry and found out that socs don’t have it any easier than greasers, he realizes, “Things are rough all over” (Hinton 117). Instead of keeping with the fact that the socs have it easier just because they have more money, Ponyboy realizes that even though they have more money, it doesn’t mean they have what the greasers feel. Not only does Ponyboy start to reali…