How does Cherry feel about the Socs and the Greasers by the end of the novel "The Outsiders"?What, if any, hope does she have for the future of her town?

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Cherry grows disgusted by the conflict of the Socs and Greasers.  Although she doesn't quite blame Johnny for Bob's death, she can't quite forgive him of the killing.  She understands that Bob beat Johnny up, and that Bob could antagonize and ask for trouble, but she tries to explain to Ponyboy that he wasn't always like that.  She explains that he was also sweet at times.  She blames his behavior on an attempt to get someone to tell him no, saying that her parents never do.

She is not willing to visit Johnny, but she does speak up for Ponyboy at the hearing.  She seems, by this point, to have removed herself from either group, unable to witness the violence anymore.  However, she does remind Ponyboy that they see the same sunset, suggesting to him and to us that she can see beyond the social conflict of the town.  The fact that she can relate to Ponyboy in this way, and that she can - unlike so many of the boys - separate herself from the action is a positive message for the future of her town.

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