At the church, Pony and Johnny are unable to watch the sunset. What symbolic meaning might this have?

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Sunsets are extremely important throughout The Outsiders as a representation of unity as well as innocence. Ponyboy often uses sunsets as a reference point for the idea that Greasers and Socs are the same, as they both experience the same sunset.

Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.

Another representation goes back to when Ponyboy quotes the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. Many believe the poem to represent innocence that is lost with the passage of time. Johnny makes the parallel between the two in his final letter, stating,

He meant your gold when you’re a kid, like green. When...

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