Stay Gold In The Outsiders

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A theme of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is “stay gold”. This is represented through symbolism and the characters. “Stay gold” means don’t lose your innocence; don’t grow up too fast. This theme is employed symbolically in multiple ways. One of these ways is the sunrise/sunset. At one point, Johnny and Ponyboy are watching the sunrise. “...the mist was touched with gold. There was a silent moment when everything held it’s breath, and then the sun rose.” (Pg. 78) The golden moment Pony describes represents the “stay gold” theme. Also, right after that, Pony recites the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, which also demonstrates the theme for the same reason as the golden moment, it shows how fleeting things can be in life, and you should savor them
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