Friday, September 11, 2015

Making Your Voice Count

Welcome to Friday's English class! As you read this message, if all goes according to plan with technology, we are in our classroom using the iPads from the iPad cart. And if this is the case, look up now and you'll see Mr. Reynolds walking around with a big goofy smile on his face that you all are here and you made it to our blog.

English class!

Blog!

Sharing what you think!

So, for today, let's get comfortable learning how to post comments on our blog, have a discussion, and follow some links to fascinating stories and information.

First off, have a re-read through the Robert Frost poem that is so important to the book, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." http://www.online-literature.com/frost/748/

After reading the poem, stand up from your seat in class, go to any part of the nearest whiteboard, and write in ALL CAPS one emotion word (one feeling) that the poem gives you.

Back in your seat? Great. Now, check out this perspicacious article in THE NEW YORKER about SE Hinton and THE OUTSIDERS.

Notice that the article was from one of Mr. Reynolds's favorite magazines, whose covers happen to, well, cover one of our classroom walls! Now that you've read the article, stand up again and find another space on any of the whiteboards. Write a single sentence that shares your opinion about books for young adults--are they powerful, important, plentiful, too rare still, wish there were more of a certain kind, wish...

Back in your seat again? Great! Now, share what you think in response to the following question. For this response, write a few sentences by clicking on the "comment" link below the blog post. Write your ideas, then simply use your first name and first letter of your last name right after your sentences (no need to log in). Then post!

As people post, ad other students' responses, and try to write a reply or a comment to someone else's ideas. Awesome! We are having a class discussion on our blog!

Question: why do you think the battle between the Greasers and the Socials exists? Do you think people who are different from one another always struggle and disagree? How do you think love can be more powerful than fear or hate?

I am looking forward to what you think!

120 comments:

  1. No, I don't think people that are different don't get along. I believe this because I am very different from my family and some of my friends yet they ARE still my best friends. I I actually agree with them a lot.

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    1. I don't agree I believe that these people want a good fight and they want to be different

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    2. (comment written by Emily Douglas) ^^^

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  2. I think that the socials and greasers are fighting because of their lifestyles. The Socials never not get what they want and the greasers rarely get what they want if at all. This makes both groups mad and they think that the other group has it better. As a result of this they fight and argue a lot.

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  3. I think there are battle between socs and greasers because there focused on what they have or what other people have instead of what they have.
    Phoebe

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  4. I think the battle between the greasers and Socs is about money. The Socs have more money and have more power, when the greasers have little money, and have less power.
    -Ryan

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  5. I think that the battle between geasers and socs exist because the socs are worrier end that the greasers will try to take their social position from them since they might be jealous and are trying to show them that this is not an option. I would write more hbut class endedπŸ˜€
    Lauren W-S

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  6. Elizabeth F.
    I think the battle between the Greasers and the Socials exists because of a characteristic of human nature to shut away people who are different than what we consider "normal". In a book I read titled "What's your problem?", a young British boy who speaks a different language is treated with racism just because of the different language he speaks.

    To answer your second question, no I don't think that people who are different always argue. An example is our classroom-we have some people who have different skin colors and different religions from us, and we don't always fight.

    To answer your third question, sometimes yes, sometimes no.

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  7. I think that since their life styles are so different that they can't find a reason not to fight until the end of the story, a tragedy. The love overrules hate.- Ariana T

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  8. I think the battle between Greasers and Socs exists because most people in higher classes look down on people in lower classes. Some people do this by ignoring them, others by bullying them. This is why I think their rivalry exists
    ~Olivia L

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    1. Yes, just because they are in different classes that doesn't mean that they can't be friends yet they still decide that they want to be rivals

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  9. I think that the Greasers and the socs battle exists because they are so difrfrent people and have grown up know different things than the other. When this happens the two sides end up arguing. Sophie B.

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  10. I think that the conflict between the socials and greasers is caused by their differences. While it is natural for two different groups of people to disagree, difference does not necessarily mean that they will have conflicts. In some cases, opposites attract! I honestly don't know why love is stronger than hate, all I know is that's just how it happens.

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  11. Love can be more powerful than fear or hate because fear and hate are somewhat futile. Love is the breeding ground for new life; it's hope. It runs through all of us. Hate and fear are tied together . They are learned. But they can never trump hope ; the light.
    Emily R

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  12. I think that they are in battle because they are so different to the naked eye, but what they don't notice is that they are both in equally tough situations. People like them don't always struggle and disagree, but they aren't always best friends.

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  13. I think that they are in battle because they are so different to the naked eye, but what they don't notice is that they are both in equally tough situations. People like them don't always struggle and disagree, but they aren't always best friends.
    -Ethan M

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  14. I think that the Greasers and the Socs fight exist because they are really in different worlds, they both have live and been raised in different lifestyles.
    Annie S.

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  15. I think that they fight because the Greasers think that it is unfair that the Socs get all the good stuff. They feel like all the bad stuff just happens to them.

    Sebastian.P

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  16. The battles between greasers and Socs exist because of differences and life styles and the fact none cares about or monitors some greasers and Socs.

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  17. I think the battle exists because neither side want to show the other side that the are weak. I think love is more powerful then hate or fear is because you can have more faith and trust in that person
    -Aaryan

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  18. I think there is a battle because the people in places like that do not want to agree. Also I think that hate and fear is more powerful than love. - Jason Morin

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  19. I think that people who are different do not disagree or struggle. I don't know why people always say that the people who are different, in their own way, are "weird"?! People that are different are people that want to do things in their OWN way, not what other people want them to do, they don't struggle or disagree! - Bella K

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  20. I think that the battle between the socs and the greasers because the socs think their better then the greasers and the greasers think their different but their not just like the quote in the book "maybe we're not so different after all, we saw the same sunset."

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  21. I think the battle of the greasers and socials exists because people in general usually judge people by looks. We shouldn't judge a book by its cover! It's just not right. This battle happened because the socs looked down on the greasers like they were nothing. When really, some of them may have so many things in common and could become really strong friends! To conclude I think this gruesome battle happened because of people being judgmental and not giving people a chance.
    - MacKinlay Chipman

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  22. I think love is powerful than fear and hate for many reasons. First, love is stronger than hate and fear. It is a bigger and better emotion. Second, love makes you love other people. Last, if you have love you probably aren't fearful or hateful.
    Sadie (Sarah) Keiran

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  23. I feel like love is much more powerful than fear or hate because unlike the other two, love is (usually) a positive emotion. Most people would want to pursue things or people they love, but avoid things or people they fear or hate. If you love something, that overcomes any negative emotions you could feel. Love is like a beacon of fire in an icy, dark world; it makes you feel safe, warm, like there's something worth fighting for.

    (Sorry if that was cheesy) -Tara M

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  24. I think the battle between the socs and the greasers is going on because the socs want to make themselves seem better than the greasers even though they are all just people that live in different areas.
    Addison Leblanc

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  25. The battle between the Greasers and Socs exist because they are fueled by jealousy and anger. The Greasers grew up mad at they Socs because they had what most of them don't: money and a home to come back to. The Socs are mad at the Greasers because they are different. They seem uncivilized, like a whole new species.
    -Sarah S

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    1. Just because they are different they are having these petty fights, so I agree with you.

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  26. I think there is a battle between the Socs and the greasers because the Socs have more money and think they have more power. People who are different don't always disagree, and love is more powerful then fear or hate because if you really love someone, you'll do anything for them, but if you hate someone it's usually overruled by love
    - Dylan W.

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  27. The battles between greasers and Socs exist because of differences and life styles and the fact none cares about or monitors some greasers and Socs.

    Matthew Atwell

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  28. I think the greasers and socs fight because the socs think they are better then the greasers.I don't think people different from one another should fight, they should at least age once about something. Love is a strong feeling and if it truly is powerful they can by pass any other problems like fear or hate.
    ~ Elizabeth C.

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  29. Books are for any age not just for teenagers. -Liam French

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  30. I think there is a battle between the greasers and socials because they both look so different to each other even though they actually are in very similar situations. They feel like the other group is better off so they want too fight them to make their problems bigger and get each other on equal playing ground. But what they don't realize is that they are both in very similar situations and both have a lot of problems. People who are very different from each other may disagree a lot, but on the other hand they also can agree on many things as well. I think love is more powerful then hate because love is such a powerful emotion that can influence the choices you make and love can bring people together. - Alex Jorgensen

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  31. I think the fight is about how to each side percives each person. The Socs think that the rag a muffin greaser can do whatever they want and get away with it and are always sloppy and such. But the greasers think that the soc are pompous fools and are babied all the time, and they can do whatever they want and never worry about things like money or food or buying new clothes or getting into fights but having enough money to patch themselves up again.
    Hannah B.

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  32. The greasers and the socs are the same but in so many ways they are the same. Like the poem by Mary Oliver. " who knows? Maybe the root is the flower in the other world." By: Mary oliver. Like the relationship with the greasers and the socs. To me the greasers are the root and the socs are the flower, but together hey are the same thing one whole flower. Like pony boy states "people are the same they are really just the same thing." -Tyler HIll

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  33. I don't think that people who are different always argue and disagree. Sure, sometimes that does happen but not always. I think that if you're different from other people, you tend to be closer. (At least for me.) for example, positive and negative magnets attract. -Emma L

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  34. I think the fight between greasers and socs is because people in general judged people by there looks. The Socs look down apon the greasers because they are poor and look different. In truth, the socs and greasers have a some things in common! And to answer the last question, yes, love IS stronger then fear.
    ~~DharmaπŸ˜‹

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  35. What I think is interesting about this book is that one social class gets everything handed to them, and a different social class has to actually work to get what they want. If I had to choose to be in one of the social classes in this book, I would choose the greasers, not because they are the main characters, but because I don't want everything in life handed to me.
    ~ Jonny C.πŸ˜€

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  36. I think the battle between the greasers and the socs happened because they were both so different. The socs had money and were smart while the greasers were not as smart and poor. -Colin Milliken

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  37. I think the fights between socs and the greasers because, both of the gangs feel like they are the best. But they are really not. They both just need to find a way to be equal, and treat each other with respect.
    - Izzy Katter

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  38. I think SE Hinton when she grew up all this was actually happening and no one knew until she said something -carter curry🌚

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  39. I think that anyone can read any type of book no matter the age or genre. Adults can read kids books and kids could read teens. Overall I think that anyone can read any book the want to read and a series they want to continue.
    ~Andrew Hopper 🌟

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  40. I think it existed because they are opposers and the greasers are hellish and it probably just started by some one making fun of the other then it just kept on going it's just a reaction to what happens in school there is always that group of kids u hate or dislike and we don't fight them but they are in a different time and direct naberhood so maybe there when u don't like some one u just hate them. I don't think people who are different fight all the time people are the same and different in every way u can think of and if every one fought we would be in a on going war the some times u have more things in common with people and maybe people who you hate u could have in common every one has troubles same or different. I rather love then hate and in a Roark room a candle the light sickes out in the dark and sometimes the light is too far away and the darkness blows out the candle and its up to you to light it again yes the darkness took over but make ur own light and he happy and love people I love my friends in a bff way but I love my family in a family way and they are who I want to hang out with and talk to not to people who are mean or bad or that I hate I did get in fights with my friends and family but in the end it's back to normals.

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  41. The Socs and the greasers fight because because the Socs think they're better than the greasers because they are more wealthy than them. The greasers hate them for thinking that.
    -Izzy Planchet

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  42. I think there is a big conflict between the greasers and the socials is because they have different style because the socials are rich and hey have mustang and the greasers are not so much they probably hate each other style. I think love is stronger than hate because love can do a lot more

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  43. Love is the opposite of hate. Hate means: wish death upon. It's a very strong word, and I don't think that most people truly hate anything, ( other than bugs like Mosquitoes...) hate is a very ugly emotion, so love is more appealing, so it makes sense to want to love someone instead of hate them. -Emma L

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  44. Sometimes people fight because someone's different from them

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  45. Well, the greasers are mad at the socks only, really because they are, always driving into the greasers "territory" and the greasers don't like it so they fight back. On the socs side, they just like to drive around talking, probably, then they get annoyed by the greasers, because the greasers are being territorial. Then when the socs end up being fighted, they get angry and try to go into the greasers territory to hint out the people that fought them, then the problem increases.
    I don't think that people that are different always disagree, because, I think that every one can change and there are no separate personalitys for different races or ranks.
    Love is more powerful than fear and hate because love can fix, and fear and hate only destroy.

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  46. The battle between the Greasers and Socs probaly exits because the two groups were trying to the best group. And that they disagree on a bunch of things.
    -Emma

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  47. The greasers and the socs are two very different people. The greasers have to make money to have a roof over their head at night. And the socs have endless money that they can can spend on nice cars and other things that the greasers can't have. The main battle in between the two people is the money, just like most arguments money is the problem. The socs think that they can drive out the socs because they have fancy things and nice things, but the greasers have the right to stay there. I also thing that love is a lot stronger than hate because love is the greatest feeling but hatred is the worst feeling ever. Ethan A.R Fitzsimmons

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  48. The socs and greaser don't know eny thing different than to fight if the greasers had a leader that showed that fighting was wrong then it would be a different story but they don't
    -Gavin

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  49. I think the Greasers and Socs battle because they think they both have the right view of something and that the other group is wrong with their view. Each group wants to be better then the other. They both do not want to give up what they have over the other at points in their relentless battle. That is why the Greasers and Socs fight each other.
    -John

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  50. It is a lot like countries in religious wars. Just because they have different beliefs they go into useless wars. It doesn't make sense.

    Nick

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  51. I think the battle between the greasers and the socs exist because they're so different in so many ways and each group thinks they're better than the other so they fight to try to prove each other wrong. However, in reality each group has its pros and cons but the greasers and the socs can't accept that.

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  52. The Socs jump greasers for fun. The Greasers react to that, but they cannot lose their pride so they cannot stop the fights.
    Nick

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  53. I think that people just have to accept one another's differences. Sometimes it can be difficult to get over some thing and if it bothers someone to the extreme they may decide they dislike that person which may lead to hate. The Greasers and Socs could not accept one and other so they resulted in hate and after while their hate grew and grew. Love can only be found if the person is willing to accept the flaws and differences, love will over power hate because love is stronger and hate is weaker.

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  54. I believe that the battle between the Greasers and the Socs exists because they both see each other as having a care-free life when they're all going through tough times. Since they think one side has it easy they both get frustrated. I don't think that people who have differences disagree all the time. I believe if you can see it from both sides you could have a better understanding of the person and then maybe get where they're coming from. Love can be more powerful than fear or hate because love makes you feel amazing and alive in a way where as fear and hate will make you feel awful and depressed.~ Kaitlyn O.

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  55. William walling~sotolongoSeptember 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    I think the battle between the greasers and the soca exist because the socs want something they don't have, fights and trouble and the greasers just need to Stand up for the,selves. I don't think that just because people are different they should fight but becuse they can actually put aside their differences they could be great friends. Love can be more poweful than fear and hate becuse love brings people together vs fear and hate will tear people apart.
    William Walling~Sotolongo

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  56. I think the war between the greasers and the socs are all about who's the better group. The socs have a lot of money, so they think they can just do whatever they want and go into the greasers territory. The greasers disliked this, so I dunno. Love can be more powerful than fear or hate, because there will always be someone there for you........? 😢

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  57. I think that the only reason that the socks and the greasers fight is because the socks were not raised properly and the greasers did not have enough money to be raised properly

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  58. I think that the greasers and the socs have a very different over look on life for one the greasers struggle for money and food for to feed there family's and look at life different.there life is harder.But the socs have money to spend on whatever they want,they don't have to worry about anything they have there life easy and don't have to worry about how they are going to feed there family's .So people can get along with each other because they put there different story a side and some people are just so different that they can't put my there differents a side . I think love can be equally powerful as fear or hate

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  59. I think the Greasers and the Socs fight, because both of the groups think they are the best. Also, I think the Greasers fight the Socs because of the Socs wealth and also because they want to show that they are cool and tough too. I don't think that people who are different always struggle and disagree, because they don't give each other a chance.

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  60. I think that the battle between the Greasers and Socials exists because they haven't ever been open with each other. To elaborate on that; they haven't really gotten to know one another. They've always had been violent, and mad at each other, but they haven't even tried to be kind and honest with one another. "Never judge a book by it's cover", that quote gets into play here, to never judge a person by what they are like on the outside. They don't know any different way to encounter one another, but to be violent.
    I think that people who are different can struggle with all the hate they get. We all are different in some way, and we are learning to accept that, and not judge people who are not the same as we are.
    I think that love can be stronger than hate because we all have someone that we love, and we are very passionate about them (like your family)
    -Claire S.

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  61. I think the Socs don't even fight for the same reason anymore. Maybe at one point it was since they had all the money, so the Greasers were jealous. The Socs live this awesome life, but yet they still make it bad by joining 'gangs' and jumping Greasers for fun. Now I think they only do it for amusement. They get to laugh at the helpless kids. Maybe it's their horrible, twisted, messed up way of feeling accepted with the other Socs. Every Soc has money and fancy things, so they can't exactly bribe their way with wealth. The Greasers hate the Socs since they beat them up for seemingly no reason. The Socs have a reason, just a horrible one. The Greasers aren't helpless like the Socs think, and they want to prove it-they want to be tough. Anyway, I think love is more powerful than hate since especially in the characters in the outsiders they don't get much love, or at least direct love, like Darry to Ponyboy. When they feel love, it makes them so happy, and they might do things they never would usually. Hate can make you distant sometimes, but everyone needs love, at least a little. sorry, I not good with love.

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  62. I think that the Socs and the Greasers fight because they each have so thing that the other one wants. The Socs have endless money but the greasers have each other to depend on. Two people don't have to be the same to get along, all they need is to be able accept who the other person is and maybe you might find something new about them. Hate is only temporary and should pass quickly if you try, but love is some thing that could last forever no matter how hard you try not to.

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  63. I think that the battle exists because they had two ways of living. The Socs and the Greasers both hated each hated each other's lifestyle for example the Socs had fancy expensive cars and the Greasers had old run down cars. I think different people can get along.

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  64. I think that the battle between the Greasers and the Socs exists because they both seem different, but are more or less the same at heart. However, neither of the gangs knows this. What they see is that the Socs are rich and spend their money on useless stuff like fancy cars while the Greasers are fighting to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. They seem so different, yet they really are more alike than even THEY know. I'm not sure why people who are different tend to fight and have disagreements, but I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with money. Maybe the rich arrogant/ snobby people feel like they shouldn't be friends with those who have less money than them, and that's when the problems start. Finally, I think that love can be stronger than hate because that's what counts, NOT hate.

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  65. I think Love is more powerful than fear or hate, because hate and fear is what you THINK and lov is what you FEEL.

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  66. The Socs and greasers fight partially over money, but that is not the main problem. The main problem is that they have not been shown/ taught any thing else. Also, they hold grudges, and keep retaliating. Everybody in each gang just follows along, even if they don't like fighting, and each gang thinks of the other one as terrible, not each individual as a person.

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  67. I think the battle between the Socs and the Greasers is just plain stupid and very important all at the same time. It's just stupid because they are trying to figure out who is the better gang. They think it's important to be very tough to empress women. Although it's very important too. they are both going through a tough life and they think it's entertainment to hurt greasers. -Zack Pelak

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  68. I think the greasers and socs fight because they assume that if there different they shouldn't be friends.Not all different people fight people who are not raised correctly assume that. I know love is more powerful because hate can always turns to love in some point of time.

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    1. I think that the battle goes on because they have nothing better to do than fighting. They don't know that there is a better world out there where people are in peace and love people no matter what they look like, how much money they have, and how they act.

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  69. I think that the greasers and socs fight because they are polar opposites and feel as if they shouldn't be friends because of their differences and how they are brought up. The greasers think that the socs get their way all the time; going to good schools, having money to spare, and being able to do whatever they want. The greasers have it harder by having to live in bad neighborhoods and support themselves financially from a young age. I believe love is just as strong as hate and this book shows it.
    Tori F

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  70. I think greasers and socials fight because of they don't understand each other.
    Not all socs and greasers fight.love can be stronger then fear and hate.

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  71. I think the battle between the Greasers and the Socs exists because they come from two very different places, and don't know how to act around the Greasers. The Socs have money and because of that do different things, where Greasers have much less than the Socs. I think sometimes people who are different from each other struggle at the beginning, but it always turns out good in the end. They learn to accept there differences, and become friends. I think love can be more powerful than hate because if you have love, then you can have someone support you and help get through your tough times in life. Love can be much stronger than fear because fear is something that come and goes, but love can last for a lot longer. - Olivia Kehoe

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  72. I think the socs and the greasers fight because the greasers want to be like the socs or better. The socs fight the greasers to show that they are more tuff and tough than the greasers. So the greasers fight to try to get to be like the socs and the socs jump the greasers and hope that the greasers will go away.

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    1. I think that the Socs used to do it for that reason but now they have gotten tired of that and forgot about that also and just do it for the fun of messing with these helpless kids.

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  73. I think the battle between socs and greasers happen bc the socs think they are better than the greasers. When really everyone should be equal. I think love is more powerful than hate because hate puts you down and makes you sad and scared. And love brings you up and makes you happy and safe.

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  74. The socs are not perfect they lack in one thing that Money could never buy and that is friend ship. The greasers must think it's so hard to be who they are but I would have companionship over wealth any day, because I'd rather have real friends that will stand by me at all times not fake friends that you pay to be your friend.

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  75. Well I think that the war/battle between the Socs and the greasers was just because first impressions kind of tell you who your dealing with weather it's your friend or a new kid at school,so if that do something you find disgusting or rude then our human nature is to just retreat from that person or react in a way that's not that nice so I would understand why they don't get along because they have two totally different lives/ perspectives.

    People who are different don't always disagree because their different I personally like friends who have a different perspective on life then me because it helps me be more of a people person but sometimes difference friends don't always get along but that's okay it doesn't mean end your friendship!

    ❤️Can be more powerful than hate because if you love someone than it will make sort of a bond but if you hate or dislike people than it sort of gives you a barrier to communicate and be friend with people

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  76. I think that the greasers and the Socs shoul get along that way no one would have to live in fear

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  77. I think the greasers and socs fight because they all feel like they have to be tough, so no one will actually know if they are sensitive or different. They might believe that the tougher you are, the more hidden you are. They want to be the toughest so they can stay the most hidden. People who are different tend to fight a lot, but they usually come to a realization that their differences fit together:) Love is stronger than fear or hate because love spreads more easily than fear or hate:))))))

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  78. I think the Socs and greasers fight because one person has bad opinion and then everybody has a bad opinion and then people start hating each other. I don't think that people who are different struggle because everyone is different and everyone doesn't struggle. I think love is more powerful because love lasts a lifetime fears and hates don't last as long as them

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  79. I think that the Socs and Greaser fight because they have so much in common with each other. They both feel that they have the right to do stuff they want and go wherever. Greasers are the type that rely on each other and move as like a pack. Socs and Greasers can't accept the fact that they have there differences but they are the same inside. On the outside Socs look all cool and everything but in the inside they all have their struggles and hardships in their life. I think that love is more powerful than hate because no matter what you do to try to not accept something in the end the truth will always come out.

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  80. 1) The battle between the Greasers and the Socials exists because both Greasers and Socials were different from each other. Conflict may begin with difference, as that is why these groups fight with one another.

    2) No, people who are different from each other do not always struggle and disagree.

    3) Love is more powerful than fear and hate because life cannot be enjoyable without it. Fear and hate only makes the world worse.

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  81. I think the greasers are jealous of the socials lifestyles that's why they're always looking for a fight. Also, I think people who are different from each other don't always struggle and disagree because everyone's different in their own ways so technically everybody's different.
    -Olivia

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  82. People who are raised differently, some people having more things than others, having different things than others, different religions or are raised in other places have different views on what's important and how you're "supposed" to live. The greasers and socials are on opposite end of life, so naturally they disagree. People who are different don't always disagree, sometimes your favorite person in the world is someone who is a polar opposite. Love, fear and hate are the most powerful feelings in the world. All more mild feelings come off of them, such as liking, disliking and nervousness. I don't think one is more powerful than the other.

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  83. I think that the conflict between the greasers and the socs is a popularity contest or some way of impressing other people. The socs are richer more posh people and I think that they are trying to just earn respect. The greasers are more poor people, for them it takes hard work just to get through the day so I think that they are also trying to earn respect but just for sort of a social pool for them to rely on.

    I think that love is much more important than fear and hate. Love is something you can't escape but fear and hate is a choice, you have a choice to have a fear of something or hate something but you can't escape love

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  84. We write to express the feelings that we have that we can't say out loud. We write to share an important story with different people. Writing is a way to say what you want to say and not be scared what other people think.

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