” Nature’s first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold. / Her early leaf’s a flower, / But only so an hour. / Then leaf subsides to leaf, / So Eden sank to grief. / So dawn goes down to day, / Nothing gold can stay “-Ponyboy.The quote said by Ponyboy is a poem from Robert Frost which has such a deep meaning towards the movie and represents the theme so well.One of the minor characters explains later on it the film that the poem means that you are “green” when you’re young and everything is new which is a beautiful thing.The minor character tells this to pony in a letter which represents the theme of stay young and free.The outsiders take place in 1965 but a specific town isn’t mentioned only zones/parts of town.The north side of town is poor and is home to the greasers while the south side is filled with socs who are rich kids.These parts of town have had major rivalries just from the differences which are how the story takes place.The movie mostly focuses on the greasers and their names are Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally who the movie is aimed around and because the story is so focused on the greasers we never really get the names of any socs.
The outsiders are very dependent on the setting because the differences in the sides of town would have never made the rivalry grow so badly out of hand to make the movie.Our protagonist in the movie is Ponyboy, a young greaser who lives with his older brothers and gets hurled into the rivalry and is forced to grow up and handle what he goes through.Pony’s parents died when they were young forcing him to grow up fast with his two brothers, Soda and Darell, who he never got along with so pony was everywhere with his best friend johnny. Pony and Johny would always talk about leaving their town so they didn’t have to be forced into the stereotype of being a greaser and having their town pulled apart just because the side you live on.The major metaphor which is what the theme is is “stay gold” from the poem pony paraphrases. The whole movie is based off this idea of “stay gold” for as long as you could.The outsiders is a classic movie with a theme that can be so versatile but the one that is so major is staying gold till you’re forced to grow up.