Ponyboy's core message from Johnny is one of optimism. Ponyboy compares him to a Robert Frost poem in which the author writes, "Nature's first green is gold." Johnny doesn't worry that he sacrificed his life to save the children from the burning church since youngsters still have hope in the world. He also tells Ponyboy not to let what happened to him be his destiny.
Johnny's last words to Ponyboy are, "Don't let 'em tell you different. Not all gators bite."
This message comes through clearly when you compare it with other messages sent by other characters: Dewey's warning about Caulder (don't trust anyone) and Gator's warning to Ponyboy (never forget your past). Also, this message is confirmed by the fact that even after being bitten by a alligator, Johnny continues to believe in good will toward men.
Finally, this message is important for young people to hear today. If something bad happens to you, don't give up. Keep fighting for better things in the future.
Ponyboy is moved by Johnny's words, which inspires him to create The Outsiders. The message discusses Robert Frost's poem on the fleeting aspect of life and the frailty of innocence, and also urges Pony to stay gold symbolically. Johnny instructs Pony to convey the same good message to Dally.
Facial expression: sadness
Body language: leans his head against the wall while thinking; then bows his head in shame
Physical action: plays with a pencil he finds on the ground.
Psychological state: depressed
Ponyboy realizes that all childhood dreams are gone forever after Dennis and his friends beat him up. He tries to fight back, but it's no use - they overpower him. After this incident, everything he loves is taken away from him, including his family home and his beloved dog Sparky. All that's left for him is despair and guilt because of what happened to Randi.
Guilt can cause someone to suffer from depression, which is why Pony feels so guilty after losing his family home. This makes him feel like there's no way out for him, since none of his dreams will come true now.
Sparky's death doesn't help matters either.
What does Johnny's final comments to the ponyboy mean? When Johnny advises Ponyboy to "remain gold," he is alluding to the poetry Ponyboy delivered while they were at Windrixville's ancient chapel. "Nothing Gold Can Stay," by Robert Frost, is the title of the poem. The poem's central theme is that life happens in short moments. Whatever you do or become will be lost soon enough, so why worry about what will happen after you die? Living for today is all that matters.
Johnny is telling Ponyboy to live his life freely and passionately, just like the gold he found years ago. He knows that whatever else happens, Ponyboy will always have had a good time while he was alive.
Here are the first few lines of the poem:
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,"
"But I have promises to keep,"
"And miles to go before I sleep."
Ponyboy finds gold again when he discovers Cash's body. This makes him think of how short life is and how precious it is. He decides to leave town to find himself and stop wasting his time.
Johnny has been watching over Ponyboy and tells him not to be afraid to live his life fully. Even though he is gone, Johnny wants Ponyboy to continue being bold and courageous like he was.
When Johnny dies, he encourages Pony to "remain gold" because he wants Pony to understand that he sees him as the poem's innocent, and he believes he can defy the trend. Of all people, Johnny knows how dangerous gold can be.
As a result of the poetry they heard in Chapter 5, Johnny encourages Ponyboy to "remain gold" when he dies. When Johnny dies, he instructs Ponyboy to "remain gold." He implies that he wants him to remain cheerful. This is because the majority of greasers simply want to be tough. They don't care about anything else.
Ponyboy learns from this experience and becomes more thoughtful about his life. He starts to believe that there's something better for him out there. This inspires him to leave home for a while to find it.
At first, he goes to Los Angeles looking for fame and fortune. But after failing to find both of them, he decides to go back home. There, he meets up with two older friends of his father's who were also looking for work. They start to play poker together every week and everything was going fine until one day when Ponyboy gets into a fight with one of the men over a card game. The man turns out to be an ex-cop and he arrests Ponyboy for theft of service. When asked why he did it, the man said that he was just following orders. This hurts Ponyboy's feelings very much and he runs away from home again.
This time, he heads north where there are still gangs but no police presence. Here, he can do whatever he wants without getting caught. He joins a gang and names himself "Gangsta".
Johnny includes a message in the copy of Gone with the Wind that he delivers to Ponyboy. He writes about Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay," which Ponyboy reads to him, and compares being youthful to being gold. He also mentions that when you're young, it is hard to know what will make you happy later in life.
Ponyboy decides to follow in his father's footsteps and go to Memphis to find work. There he meets up with another young man who tells him that Scarlett O'Hara is living in a house on Notary public Street. Excited by this news, he goes to see for himself but finds that she has already married Rhett Butler.
In the last chapter of the book, two years have passed. The family business has failed and Johnny is now working as a janitor at the high school where he teaches the younger students so they don't fall into bad habits. He tries to keep his promise to Goober and Gypsy and visit them in prison but can never do so because they are always in jail or dying.
He continues to write letters to them until one day Gypsy sends for Johnny. She asks him to come live with her and Goober in prison so they can take care of them. At first Johnny refuses but then changes his mind when he realizes how lonely they will be without him.
Ponyboy's recitation of Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" to Johnny in Chapter 5 talks about innocence via natural analogies. The poem comes to represent Johnny and Ponyboy's innocence. Not all of the greasers have this innocence, and they want for Johnny and Ponyboy to keep it.
In addition, Frost was a famous American poet who wrote about nature and humanity. His work is known for its simplicity and clarity. Ponyboy reading this poem tells us that even though crime and violence are around him, Johnny remains innocent.
Also, Johnny has many names because he is always changing himself to fit in different situations. This poem refers to him as nothing gold can stay. But he proves them wrong by staying innocent.
Finally, the poem itself is about human nature. It tells us that nothing truly gold can stay, but it also reminds us that everything including gold can be found in nature. So although crime and violence surround Ponyboy and Johnny, they cannot be affected by it because they remain innocent.