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In The Outsiders, why does Cherry help the greasers?

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Cherry Vallance is a Soc cheerleader who befriends Ponyboy and agrees to help the Greaser gang following the death of her boyfriend, Bob Sheldon. Despite being a member of the opposing gang, Cherry agrees to help the Greasers for several reasons. Cherry has already met Ponyboy and Johnny at the drive-in movies and had an enlightening conversation with Pony. She understands that there are sensitive Greasers and realizes that members of both gangs experience suffering. Cherry is also in love with Dally, who is the most notorious Greaser member. She does not want to see Dally hurt in the rumble, which is another reason she decides to help the Greasers out. Cherry has also lost her boyfriend to senseless violence and does not believe that the rumble will solve anything. Similar to Randy Adderson, Cherry is sick of violence and agrees to spy on her own gang in order to ensure that they will not bring weapons to the rumble.

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Cherry helps the Greasers for a few reasons.  She doesn't think the fighting is right, and wants the fighting to stop. Secondly, she has a huge crush on Dally.  Her feelings for Dally motivate her to do what she can for the Greasers.  Additionally, she has met Pony, and through meeting Pony she realizes that not all Greasers are the same - not all Greasers fit the stereotype.  There is also an element of drama for Cherry in helping the Greasers - she may very well be taken by the danger and excitement involved in betraying her "own kind".

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