The Outsiders

The Socioeconomic Triggers of Juvenile Delinquency: Analysis of "The Outsiders" 8th Grade

Today, the social structure and class turns highly fragmented based on the socioeconomic background of people. For instance, people who live in high-end suburbs in America cities are found upper-classes and those who live in cities with crumbling infrastructure and low-achieving schools could be classified as lower-classes. Such social divisions have been a source of great experience and tragedy. Case in point is juvenile delinquency, a severe crime fostered through the failure of society to address the issues of poverty, marginalization, failure of social systems such as foster care, and the general lack of empathy among people which ultimately has contributed to the dwindling of morality. In essence, S.E. Hinton in The Outsiders depicts the story of the dysfunction of society based on socioeconomic inequality that has caused sub-divisions among young boys who should normally be living free of the burden of social pressure. Despite the immoral behavior displayed by the juveniles in the story, social relations could be ameliorated when the relevant governmental agencies and concerned stakeholders address socioeconomic challenges faced by juveniles before they mutate into crime.

Social subdivisions should not be treated rashly...

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