In the story “The Outsiders”, written by S. E. Hinton, there is a mass rivalry between the “Greasers” and the “Socs”. The rivalry continues throughout the story on multiple occasions leading to fights and learning how there can be such hatred between different groups of people. The “Socs” are the rich kids and the “Greasers” are the low-life poor kids. When Johnny was stabbed and slowly dying he wanted Ponyboy to stay true to himself: “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold” (Johnny) He’s telling Ponyboy to stay strong although Johnny won’t be there to guide him any longer he is capable of completing tasks on his own. The greasers were always independent until the Socs came along: “They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.” The “Greasers” were always together, they were there for one another, always had each other’s backs. They looked after Ponyboy since his parents had passed away. The meaning of life in this story is that life won’t always be fair to you, obstacles will be thrown at you such as hierarchy. You won’t always be at the top you have to work for it, work to serve your purpose in life and make an impact on your future one another.
Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders. New York: Viking, 1967. Print.