Stay Gold In The Outsiders

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Stay Gold “Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.” Were Johnny's last words and some of the most important message throughout the novel The Outsiders. The significance of “Stay gold” throughout the novel is showing how one should stay young and and innocent and that a golden moment never lasts. In order for the author of The Outsiders S.E. Hinton to really portray how important “Stay gold” is throughout the novel she uses the motif of “Stay gold” over and over again. Not only does The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton resemble the importance of “Staying gold”, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” By Robert Frost and “Stay Gold” By Stevie Wonder also support what “Stay gold” symbolizes.

Through the novel The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton incorporates many motifs of staying gold. This can include, “...You’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you're a kid everythings new, dawn. It’s just when you get used to everything that it’s day. Like the way you dig sunsets...” This is a piece from a letter Johnny wrote to Ponyboy before his death. This letter represents staying gold. The quote is explaining when is someone a kid he/shegold.
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A part of the poem that sustains the meaning of “Stay gold” can include, “Her early leaf’s a flower;/ But only do an hour./ Then leaf subsides to leaf.” This piece of “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” includes how quickly a golden moment can last “only so an hour.” This can relate to The Outsiders that shows how quick a golden moment lasts. From the poem, when a golden moment ends, everything goes away like from a flower, “leaf subsides to leaf.” Then all is normal and the golden moment is gone. Another piece from the Robert Frost poem that support staying gold is “Nothing gold can stay.” This piece of the poem states how long a golden moment lasts. Never lasting forever the golden moment must go away, tying to the importance of staying
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