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Why does Cherry say that things are rough all over in The Outsiders?

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ngyunshuen | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:51 PM via web

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Why does Cherry say that things are rough all over in The Outsiders?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Cherry Valance makes this observation after listening to Pony's story about Johnny getting jumped and beaten by four Socs in a blue Mustang. One of the boys "had lots of rings on his hand," and when Pony had finished the story, Cherry was "as white as a sheet." The boy with the rings was her boyfriend, Bob Sheldon.

"I believe you," Ponyboy told her, but he didn't really understand what she meant until after the movie when they were walking home. Cherry wishes the Socs could be more emotional, like the greasers.

"We're sophisticated--cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real for us."

Cherry told Pony that the Socs were caught up in a

"Rat race... always going and going and going, and never asking where... It seems like we're always searching for something to satisfy us and never finding it. Maybe if we could lose our cool we could."

Pony recognized this as "the truth," seeing that the Socs' money did not solve all of their problems, and that their "aloofness" was only a cover so they did not "let their real selves show through." The story about Johnny's beating also opened Cherry's eyes about her boyfriend's dark side, creating another conflict for the beautiful cheerleader who seemed to have it all.

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giovanniel | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM (Answer #2)

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Cherry Valance makes this observation after listening to Pony's story about Johnny getting jumped and beaten by four Socs in a blue Mustang. One of the boys "had lots of rings on his hand," and when Pony had finished the story, Cherry was "as white as a sheet." The boy with the rings was her boyfriend, Bob Sheldon.

"I believe you," Ponyboy told her, but he didn't really understand what she meant until after the movie when they were walking home. Cherry wishes the Socs could be more emotional, like the greasers.

"We're sophisticated--cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real for us."

Cherry told Pony that the Socs were caught up in a

"Rat race... always going and going and going, and never asking where... It seems like we're always searching for something to satisfy us and never finding it. Maybe if we could lose our cool we could."

Pony recognized this as "the truth," seeing that the Socs' money did not solve all of their problems, and that their "aloofness" was only a cover so they did not "let their real selves show through." The story about Johnny's beating also opened Cherry's eyes about her boyfriend's dark side, creating another conflict for the beautiful cheerleader who seemed to have it all.

 

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2014 at 4:04 AM (Answer #3)

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Things are not just hard around you  but to everyone.

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