“Out Symbols” In the novel, The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, a boy named Ponyboy lives through hard times as a Greaser. Ponyboy learns a lot about life through the symbolism that is throughout this story. The main points that are used for symbolism is Hair, ‘Gold’, and Sunrises. First, the symbol of a Greaser’s hair is used. “It was my pride. It was long and silky, just like Soda's, only a little redder. Our hair was tuff--- we didn't have to use much grease on it. Our hair labeled us greasers, too- -- it was our trademark. The one thing we were proud of. Maybe we couldn't have Corvairs or madras shirts, but we could have hair” (61) and “Johnny flipped out the razor-edge of his switch, took hold of my hair, and started sawing on it. I shuddered” …show more content…
“The sky was lighter in the east, and the horizon was a thin golden line. The clouds changed from gray to pink, and the mist was touched with gold. There was a silent moment when everything held its breath, and then the sun rose. It was beautiful” (66) and “‘You know,’ Johnny said slowly, ‘I never noticed colors and clouds and stuff until you kept reminding me about them. It seems like they were never there before’” (67). Johnny and Ponyboy marvel in awe at the beauty of the sunrise. The two boys are living in a old, abandoned church in Windrixville. The sunrise symbolizes new life. Third, the symbol of ‘Gold’. “‘Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay’” (67) and “‘Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold…’” (113). Ponyboy is reciting a poem by Robert Frost. The poem talks about that nothing gold, or good, can stay. Before he dies, Johnny tells Ponyboy to stay gold. He want Ponyboy to stay his good self. In conclusion, The Outsiders novel has many symbols that can teach about life. Through hair, sunrises, and ‘gold’, we can learn about life. We should always know who we are, what are life is, and what we need to
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“Nothing Gold Can Stay” I really savor reading old books because they remind me of my grandparent’s childhood stories. My grandparents always reminded me of how innocent they were back then, but how life had twisted throughout the years, and their innocence faded away. In the Outsiders, an old book written by S.E. Hinton, there is a quote that says: “Nothing gold can stay”. This shows that no matter who, what influence or how old you are, one day your innocence will adrift, as one day you will meet the authentic world.
Nothing gold can stay.” This quote from the poem lets us know that everything is coming to an end and nothing is going to last forever, so you have to appreciate it. And lastly, the theme of ¨Nothing Gold Can Stay” is developed through author's presentation of information through figurative language and sensory details. Figurative language helps develop the theme of innocence and youth in various ways. The author states, ¨Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.¨
Ponyboys Personal Realizations What is your most important personal realization? In the fiction novel, The Outsiders, author S.E. Hinton creates a story in 1st person, about a boy that has a hard life. Ponyboy has some personal realization in his life like how Darry loves and cares about him, Nothing Gold can Stay, and that it is okay to be a greaser. The first personal realization Ponyboy had was that Darry loves and cares about him. When Ponyboy found out that Darry loves him and cares about him.
The poem posits that gold, representing purity, can’t stay forever because it is, by its own virtue, temporary. It starts by stating that “nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold,” and “her early leaf’s a flower; but only so an hour.” These lines try
There are several important symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird including; the Radleys, the Mad Dog and of course the “Mockingbirds”. All of these symbols seem to be connected because they allow Atticus to teach Jem, Scout, and Dill valuable lessons. In the beginning of the novel, Scout, Jem, and Dill regularly talk about their reclusive neighbors, the Radleys. The children are specifically interested in the youngest son at about age 40, Arthur “Boo” Radley.
Ponyboy and Johnny had ran away to Jay Mountain. There they found an old abandoned church to hide out in. The boys eat nothing but baloney and some bread for a whole week. Johnny and Ponyboy also have to cut their hair to disguise themselves. this was a very hard decision to make because their hair was their pride and joy but also their trademark as a greaser.
Symbols have the important function of conveying a deeper meaning than the one that lies on the surface. The author uses imagery and selective word choice to draw the reader in and invites the reader to ponder the story to find the hidden meaning, to enrich the mind and heart of the reader, and often to cause the reader to view something differently than was initially felt before reading the story. Within Things Fall Apart and The Poisonwood Bible there are some very significant symbols that heavily enrich both stories and bring a much greater meaning upon the reader. First, we shall begin with the symbols found within Things Fall Apart, commencing with the symbol of folktales. Folktales are significant because they are an important way that many stories with the purpose of entertainment, but of much more significance, that important lessons are passed on.
Ponyboy must learn to stay gold through not wasting his innocence on the futility of violence. Ponyboy must also stay gold through learning to decipher that both Greasers and Socs are not that different after all, and that he himself does not have to fit into the Greaser stereo-type. Throughout Hinton’s The Outsiders, it becomes evident that in order for Ponyboy to learn the important lesson of staying
I had to, they were drowning you Pony”, he states the night Pony and him run away. Johnny thinks of others before himself. That is his loving and caring personality. ”Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold were the last words of his life. Johnny is loyal and cares about his friends deeply.
My theme for The Outsiders is “What's on the outside isn't the same on the inside”. I have three quotes to help support this theme. Towards the end of this book Ponyboy actually realizes that everyone is the same on the inside and the outside is just a book cover not literally but figuratively speaking. On page 35 Cherry and Ponyboy are talking and Cherry says, “‘Things are rough all over’” (Hinton 35).
(Nobody was around at two-thirty in the morning, and it was a good place to relax and cool of, Hinton 47). Everything seemed to be going smoothly for them at that moment, but "Nothing Gold can Stay". ("You could use a bath, greaser. And a good working over. And we 've got all night to do it.
In The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton’s use of imagery highlights how Ponyboy feels about other characters. The author’s use of characters’ eyes and hair emphasizes Ponyboy’s relationship with them and his how comfortable he is with them. When Ponyboy describes his older brother Darry he describes his eyes as ice which shows how he is uncomfortable with him. Ponyboy says that “Darry’s eyes are his own” they’re like “two pieces of pale blue-green ice”.
“When [Ponyboy] stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, [he] had only two things on [his] mind: Paul Newman and a ride home…” (Hinton 180). The author, S. E. Hinton, begins and ends “The Outsiders”, with this single sentence to show how the character, Ponyboy, had developed and matured throughout the events that occurred during the story. Ponyboy faces many types of conflict throughout the story, such as nature vs. self, person vs. society, and person vs. person. Although he struggled against his worries he had also overcome them.
Through her use of a changing narrative perspective, Margaret Laurence creates a contrast in character development. Laurence shows the reader the male protagonist of the story, Chris, through the eyes of a child first, then of an adolescent, and finally through an adult’s eyes. At the beginning of “Horses of the Night,” the narrator, Vanessa notices that Chris looks completely oblivious towards Vanessa’s Grandfather’s belligerence, as he is displaying “no sign of feeling anything.” This is the first sign Laurence provides about Chris escaping in order to cope with reality. Next, when Vanessa visits Shallow Creek she comes to a realization that most of the stories Chris has shared with her about the farm, only exists “in some other dimension.”
In Anglo-Saxon culture, gold was one of the most valuable possessions a person could own. Gold and treasure was a sign of wealth, honor, respect and power. To the Anglo-Saxons, people lived their lives to become more honorable in the eyes of their peers. People valued others who had more treasure as it was a sign of their accomplishments. The role of wealth, treasure and gold in this poem is important to the power and the honor of the individual.