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I think S.E. Hinton chose to include the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost in The Outsiders to illustrate one of the book’s theme topics: growing up. The greasers – especially Ponyboy, who is the youngest in his gang – are forced to act stronger, mature faster, and adapt to difficult situations more quickly at a young age due to their social position. This can be seen in the very first chapter, when Ponyboy says, “Greasers can’t walk alone too much or they’ll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream ‘Greaser!’ at them, which doesn’t make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean. We get jumped by the Socs.” Robert Frost’s poem suggests that our years from infancy to adolescence are the “gold” or blissful ones, but they fade away as we age and our lives become mundane or gloomy. However, this “gold” period has clearly been drastically shortened in Ponyboy’s life and continues to be diminished.


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