What is a passage that speaks to you in the Oustiders and why?What is a passage that speaks to you in the Oustiders and why?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The passage that means the most to me is the discussion of the Robert Frost poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and what it means to them.  I like this because I love the poem, and it connects to one of the main themes about loss of innocence.  I also like it because at the end of the book before Johnny dies he tells Ponyboy to “stay gold” or stay good.

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I really enjoyed this quote: "Greasers will still be greasers and Socs will still be Socs. Sometimes I think it’s the ones in the middle that are really the lucky stiffs."

This quote comes from Chapter 7 when Randy is speaking to PonyBoy and he is informing his that he will not be participating in the rumble that is to occur later. His words represent a constant theme within the novel, that the Socs will always continue to fight now matter the cause. There will always be violence between the Socs and the Greasers not matter the issue. 

In a sense what Randy is saying is that a Soc will always be a Soc and a Greaser will always be a Greaser and that the member will never be able to switch sides or leave. Having grown up in a more wealthy lifestyle, Randy is able to not be a member of either side, showing the social inequality of the groups. The Socs and Greasers are stuck in their lifestyle despite the idea that some do not want it; yet Randy does not have a difficult time imagining himself in his current wealthy situation. It is easier for a poor boy like Ponyboy to have higher goals and expectations and have the sense to get out and seek these goals for himself. 

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