Who are the Socs? Who are the Greasers? Why do the two groups fight?
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The Greasers and Socs live on separate areas of town divided by some railroad tracks. This gives each group their "turf". The Greasers have very little in the way of money or possessions. They come from a low socio-economic class. The Socs are the athletes, the rich kids from the west side of town. The Greasers resent the Socs for having everything and flaunting their material possessions. The Greasers are frequently targets of Socs when they (Greasers) are few in numbers. The Socs perceive the Greasers to be tough so they want to constantly prove themselves. They are also bored much of the time so conflict with Greasers becomes an outlet for all their teenage angst. Constant conflict gives both groups a sense of identity that they can feel proud of.