Why were sunsets so important to Ponyboy and Johnny in "The Outsiders"?
Sunsets were very important because they symbolized the cowboy idealism that they would ride off into the sunset like heroes that have overcome. Pony loves to watch sunsets and was happy to find out that Cherry likes to watch them too. Also, in the church scene, when they watch the sunset, they make reference to the Frost poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" that Pony is working on in English class. There are a lot of understated references to the sunset/rises in the story.