Why Are The Outsiders So Popular

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In both The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and the Lord of the Flies by William Golding there are characters that are considered outsiders. These characters are on the outside looking in. The popular group is considered to be “in.” If characters are “in,” they are popular, cool, and have more benefits than the Outsiders. In The Outsiders, the two groups of society are the Socs and the Greasers. The Socs are wealthy and popular, while the Greasers are considered less fortunate and not as popular. The Greasers are the Outsiders in the novel, while the Socs are “in.” In the Lord of the Flies, Jack and the hunters outnumber and have more benefits and useful things than Ralph’s crew, which makes Jacks group “in” and Ralph’s the Outsiders. The Outsider …show more content…
The theme is portrayed through a society which is divided into two, distinct, groups. In The Outsiders, the Greasers are the outsiders. They grease their hair, wear leather jackets and jeans, don’t ride nice cars, and live an overall run down lifestyle with not a lot of money. The Greasers do not come from a lot of money, and have tough lives at home in some cases. This is the opposite of the “in” group, the Socs. The Socs wear madras shirts and khakis, ride blue mustangs and red corvairs, and come from a wealthy family who supports them. With this difference, it creates a gap between the two groups, putting the Greasers as the outsiders. This forming of the outsiders group is similar to what happens in the Lord of the Flies. As the boys are on the island, two groups begin to form; one led by Ralph and one headed by Jack. Jack’s group outnumbers Ralph’s group, has more supplies, and has a better ability to hunt for food. On the other hand, Ralph’s group does not have a lot of manpower, supplies, and lacks hunters who can supply food. This makes Jack’s group more popular, putting his group on the “in” and Ralph’s group as the

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