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Natures first green is gold Her hardest hue to hold Her early leafs 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 By Robert Frost The message that this poem brings is that every beautiful thing will die eventually Nothing can stay perfect forever The last sentence Nothing gold can stay implies that all good things must come to an end SE Hinton writes of this poem in her novel The Outsiders The title itself depicts outcasts of society those who are socially unaccepted The story revolves around transcending established boundaries in its portrayal of violence class conflict prejudice family and redemption The protagonist of this novel Ponyboy Curtis tells the story of his struggles with right and wrongs in a world of conflict living in a dysfunctional family and his desire to be accepted by all people of any age any class This is why he believes that he is an outsider Hinton attempts to humanize her characters by showing that their exterior toughness masks vulnerability and emotion As one character tells another You get tough like me and you dont get hurt You look out for yourself and nothin can touch you Sadly for the youths of society not much has changed Susan Eloise Hinton was born in 1948 in Tulsa Oklahoma All of Hintons novels are set in her hometown of Tulsa Oklahoma Her books deal with teenage problems such as poverty rejection violence alcohol and drug abuse Her first novel The Outsiders was written when she was sixteen years old It was published in 1967 a period of rapid social change and a rather restless time in the United States when teen-agers became outspoken and rebellious Teenagers resented the fact that people from underprivileged backgrounds and minorities were not given opportunities to succeed To voice their dissatisfaction they had sit-ins and protested
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