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WHAT CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK (THE OUTSIDERS) ARE OR WERE GOLD? WILL THEY STAY THIS WAY?...

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theonethatgot... | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2012 at 1:54 AM via web

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WHAT CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK (THE OUTSIDERS) ARE OR WERE GOLD? WILL THEY STAY THIS WAY? EXPLAIN.

WITH GOLD I MEAN GOLD AS IN A REFERNCE TO THE POEM CALLED  'NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY'

PLEASE HELP ME BECAUSE i'M TOTALLY LOST! THANK YOU! :-D 

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simoncat | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted January 8, 2012 at 12:15 AM (Answer #1)

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We must first examine what Frost meant by the word "gold" in his poem Nothing Gold Can Stay. Gold gives the sense of purity, innocence and youth, "Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour..." Then we need to consider these same qualities in the characters within the book. Certainly Ponyboy has a sense of innocence that is quickly changing to the scars of life as the novel progresses. The constant conflict with the Socs, his conflict with Dally and the loss of Johnny affect change Pony's view on life. We can see elements of purity and innocence in many of the characters. Sodapop's playful banter with the the reporters, Dally's youthful rebellion despit prison time and Two-Bit's constant wisecracking are examples. So, do they stay Gold? By the end of the book, all the boys in the gang are maturing thus losing their innocence. Thy are discovering that innocence and purity have a shelf life in their harsh world. All the boys in the gang have a sense of goodness in them which will be there as long as they stick together as family. The hardness of the world will test them and their innocence will eventually change to wisdom if they let it.

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theonethatgotaway | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2012 at 11:16 PM (Answer #2)

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Thank you so much! :D

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shakeer1210 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM (Answer #3)

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