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What do you think Johnny's last words to Ponyboy in "The Outsiders" means?
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When Johnny tells Ponyboy to "stay gold" he is referring back to the poem that Ponyboy recited while they were in the old church in Windrixville. The poem, by Robert Frost, is called "Nothing Gold Can Stay". The basic idea of the poem is that life happens in fleeting moments. Good things do not stay long enough. The poem is basically a metaphor for youth. Johnny is reminding Pony to stay young and innocent. He doesn't want Ponyboy to become cold and hard like Dallas Winston. He wants him to remain the same, a good and intelligent young man, forever. He wants him to continue to be unique amongst the greasers and stay true to himself. He would like Ponyboy to continue to find happiness in sunsets, books, and movies.
Posted by tpisano on December 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM (Answer #1)
"Stay Gold, Ponyboy, Stay Gold" means to keep his youthfull innocence and not get caught up in these useless fights.
Posted by ponyboilover on February 1, 2009 at 3:03 AM (Answer #2)
"gold" means "good" so he is trying to say "stay good,ponyboy, stay good"
what he means by that is up to you.
But the word "stay" also tells you hes is alredy doing it so he is probably not telling him to do somthing or not do somthing.
sources: 8th grade.
Posted by classicaldvorakviolinistlover on October 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM (Answer #6)
Stay Gold= Near the beginning of the book Ponyboy asks himself what is better growing up fast like Darry and being hard, or just not growing up at all like Sodapop and being fun and playful. Johhny means, "stay gold" as don't grow up be fun,playful, and stay as you are intelligent, nice, and good.
Posted by ftw-readmachine on November 7, 2011 at 6:08 AM (Answer #4)
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