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Do Conflicts That Occur In The Book Still Exist Today?

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The Outsiders book consists of many conflicts and most if not all still exist today. Starting with Ponyboy’s family, his parents were killed in an auto wreck. Many kids today have lost their parents in a tragic accident leaving them parentless. Many kids have siblings or family members like Ponyboy to look after them. However some kids are sent to orphanages, where they are adopted or staying there until legal age. The Outsiders’ main conflict is the social hierarchy, the Socs and the Greasers. This conflict still exists today. However it isn’t as deep as when in the book. There are people who are rich like the Socs that afford lots of cool gadgets but there are also poor people like the Greasers who work for what they want, but it`s still not enough. Another conflict that exists today is parents spoiling their children just like Bob and his parents. Parents give their children everything they want in ...view middle of the document...

Just like Ponyboy, there are people who try to stop them before it’s too late. Ponyboy had succeeded that one time. However, Johnny did die later on which triggered Dally’s death. Johnny was one of the very few that Dally loved and when his loved one died, Dally couldn’t take it. People die everywhere, some people die naturally, others tragically but everyone has someone who loves them. Those loved ones have to live with the fact that these people no longer live. Dally dealt with Johnny`s death by killing himself. Ponyboy dealt with Johnny and Dally`s death by grieving for weeks until he had to start living the way he did before. Darry dealt with his parents’ death by acting like a parent himself and toughening up. The people who died are not the only one being affected.
One conflict that people might pass is that most Greasers and some Socs smoke as well as drink. A lot of teens these days are caught underage drinking and are also caught smoking, and taking drugs. The book never says that Greaser’s and Socs take drugs. However, it does say that they smoke which is actually a deadly drug. Ponyboy, who is 14 years old, smoked freely without anyone telling him he can’t. In the hospital, an obese man had to tell him that he was too young or else he wouldn’t have known since it came so natural to Ponyboy. Johnny started smoking at the age nine. Young kids nowadays are sometimes caught smoking at school.
In the book, it said that Dally got arrested a lot, the main reason being that he got into a lot of fights. Teens today sometimes start fights that they can’t finish. They get annoyed or annoy someone else which leads to someone making the first move. The first move leads to busted lips and bruised bodies. Sometimes the fights even go as far as needing to stay in a hospital or even dying. Sometimes people kill people just like Johnny did or what Dally once did. Kids nowadays also get abused a lot by their parents or even ignored just like Johnny and his parents. There are places that people can’t go without getting jumped similar to Johnny and Ponyboy. I agree conflicts that occur in the book still exist today.

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