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This book report was done for SE Hintons novel THE OUTSIDERS In my essay I explore the quote stay gold and its meaning I used a poem that was in the novel to express this topic the poem is by Robert Frost What it basically is about is the cycle of life Title Stay Gold I have just recently completed reading SE Hintons novel The Outsiders The author raises many topics faced by the teenagers of her time Issues such as peer pressure violence and family problems faced by the youngsters still apply to the teenagers of today In the book Johnny one of the central characters draws the readers attention to a poem In a letter written by the dying Johnny to Ponyboy he advises his friend to continue to pg 154 dig sunsets Thats gold Keep that way its a good way to be In this essay I will be concentrating on the quote stay gold and its meaning This quote was taken from a poem written by Robert Frost which Ponyboy had trouble figuring out its meaning To me the poem appears to be comparing our youthful years as being as valuable as gold We are to enjoy our time when we are young for it is the hardest hue to hold on to It is also saying that our childhood years are very short and feels like but only so an hour As we grow older our garden of Eden sank to grief The beginning of our life will quickly end as dawn goes down to day So in the end nothing gold can stay which refers to the end of our innocence All quotes taken from pg69 In the book Johnny also comes up with his interpretation of the poem youre gold when youre a kid like green When youre a kid everythings new dawn Its just when you get used to everything that its daypg154 The
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