Society and Class Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
I would, I would help her and Randy both if I could. "Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?" (8.101)
Pony realizes something important about himself – the desire to help others is another thing that cuts across social and class divisions.
"Greaser… greaser… greaser… […] Oh victim of environment, underprivileged, rotten no-count hood." (9.40)
Steve Randle is mimicking some of the common ways boys like them are described in their society. We find "victim of environment" and "underprivileged" particularly intriguing. What do they mean to you? Are they fair? Helpful? Prejudicial?
It was too vast a problem to be just a personal thing. There should be some help, someone should tell them before it was too late. (12.65)
Pony wants to represent and reach out to other boys in his class – in this case, the class of boys who struggle against their economic situations, who are involved in violence and feel spurned by the rest of society.