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Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:09 PM via web

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Cherry Valance is a character in the novel The Outsiders. What song fits her personality and why you think so?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM (Answer #1)

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A great song for Cherry Valance, the Soc girl who enjoys watching sunsets is "The Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las.  Recorded in 1964, "The Leader of the Pack" fits perfectly with Cherry's good girl image and her predilection for bad boys. 

Cherry tells Ponyboy "I could fall in love with Dallas Winston...I hope I never see him again or I will" (46).  Like the girl in the "Leader of the Pack" song, Cherry appreciates the bad-boy image that Dally projects.  The song fits perfectly with the rift between the Socs and the Greasers, just like Cherry's clean-cut cheerleader persona matches the parents' warning against the Leader of the Pack in the song:

My folks were always putting him down

(down, down)

The said that he came from

The wrong side of town ('The Leader of the Pack")

Cherry's parents would definitely have a thing or two to say about her being with any of the Greasers.  Even Two-Bit, not the brightest of the bunch, recognizes that Cherry and Marcia's reputations could suffer from being seen in the company of Greasers. 


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