Separatism In The Outsiders

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The Outsiders, written in 1965, still resonates to what teens are now experiencing. A motif is a recurring theme, subject, or idea in a piece of literature. Authors like to use motifs to get the reader’s attention. The three motifs used in The Outsiders are separatism, aggression, and fear. The separatism in The Outsiders caused an increase of aggression and fear from both the Greasers and the Socials. The main motif in The Outsiders is separatism. The rich and the poor are separated into different social classes called the Socs and the Greasers. The author uses the motif of separatism in more than just a physical way; while the Socs live on the West Side of Town, and the Greasers on the East Side, it goes much deeper, to their thoughts and

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