why do the greasers and socs fight

The Greasers and the Socs dislike each other, because they do not understand each other. PThere is a vast socioeconomic divide that exists between the two groups. PThe Greasers hate the Socs, because the Greasers believe that the Socs have it easy with all of their money and privilege. PThe Socs hate the Greasers, because they are easy targets to hate. PThe Greasers are poor and powerless, so the Socs feel that they are entitled to beat upon the low life Greasers. PEach group cannot seem to relate at all to the other group, so there is fear and hatred there.


PPeople tend to dislike what they do not understand. PThat's why I disliked college philosophy. PI just flat out didn't understand any of it; therefore, I told everybody that it was the worst class ever. PSocs and Greasers don't understand each other, so dislike follows shortly after. P
What neither group understands though is that they are more alike than different. PCherry understands it, and she understands it early in the novel. PIt's why she tells Ponyboy that "things are rough all over" in chapter 2. Late in the novel Randy comes to talk to Ponyboy.


PAt the end of the conversation, both boys seem to genuinelyP understand where the other guy is coming from. PBecause of that, both boys leave the encounter with mutual respect for each other, not dislike. P "Thanks, grease," he said, trying to grin. Then he stopped. "I didn't mean that. I meant, thanks, kid. " "My name's Ponyboy," I said. "Nice talkin' to you, Randy. " I walked over to Two-Bit, and Randy honked for his friends to come and get into the car. "What'd he want? " Two-Bit asked. "What'd Mr. Super-Soc have to say? " "He ain't a Soc," I said, "he's just a guy.


He just wanted to talk. " Notice that once understanding between Pony and Randy happened, all negative slang and name calling dropped out. PNo longer was there a faceless group to dislike. PNow there was another person, with problems of his own. P Tim Shepherd's group is an organized gang, while Ponyboy's is more like a group of guys who just hang out together. P Ponyboy explains the difference between the two,Psaying: the difference betweenP(Tim Shepherd's)Pgang and ours - they (have) a leader and (are) organized; we (are) just buddies who (stick) together - each man (is) his own leader.


Tim Shepherd enjoy(s) being a hood. the rest of his bunch (are) the same way. young hoods - who would grow up to be old hoods. P They consciously flout their identity as part of a gang,Prelishing fights and engaging in petty crime. P There is an edge to their personas, and they exist on the outside of accepted social norms. Ponyboy's gang is more like a family; they keep an open door policy and exist primarily as a means of support for each otherPwhenPfamily life or other forces get rough.


P It is true that the guys in the group like to fight as well, but for them it has as much to do with youthful energy as it does with rivalry with the other gangs. P The members of Ponyboy's gang follow strict codes of honor and fairness, but Darry, who is their unheralded leader, aspires to achieve better thingsPfor his life and the lives of his brothers. P As Ponyboy says, He's better than the rest of us. he's going somewhere. and I was going to be like him. I wasn't going to live in a lousy neighborhood all my life (Chapter 9).