Why does Cherry say she can fall in love with Dally?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 3, Cherry Valance says that she could fall in love with Dallas Winston. Despite the fact that Cherry is a Soc from an affluent family and Dally is a poor Greaser, Cherry is attracted to him. Similar to Cherry's boyfriend, Bob Sheldon, Dally is a reckless, thrill-seeker. Both boys enjoy partying and fighting. Their lifestyles are similar, except Dally seems to get into more trouble because he comes from a poor family. Cherry is obviously attracted to bad boys and admires Dally's outlook on life. Dally does whatever he wants and does not respect authority figures. She may also view Dally as a brave outlaw. Cherry may be attracted to Dally's courageous personality. In my opinion, I feel like Cherry is most attracted to Dally's authenticity. Dally does not pretend to be somebody that he is not. Cherry is sick of being around superficial people, and Dally is authentic as they come. 

clyonslf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cherry doesn't give a specific reason why she could fall in love with Dally, just that if she ever saw him again, she would fall in love with him.  However, judging by her taste in boys, namely Bob her boyfriend, we can assume she likes wild, bad boys.  Bob is out-of-control with his antics and constantly pushes the envelop much like Dally.  Bob also feels unloved and is always trying to get the attention of his parents.  That is a direct parallel to Dally who has been abandoned by his parents.  Perhaps Cherry is attracted to this particular need in a guy.

lolo9449 | Student

to tell you the truth i really dont know..............

but i would fall in love with dallas anyday