What do you think Johnny's last words to Ponyboy in The Outsiders means?
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.
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