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Hostile and intimidating work environment

By stating that the members of both groups will always remain in their respective groups, he suggests that it would be impossible for a greaser or a Soc to rise above his current status.

His words speak to an important idea in the novel—the futility of the recurring Soc-greaser violence.

The idea Randy presents here has another side to it, however.

Randy’s belief in the permanence of their social identities may be based, however, in the fact that he is a Soc and not a greaser.

“Stay gold” is a reference to the Robert Frost poem that Ponyboy recites to Johnny when the two hide out in the Windrixville Church.

The Renegade: You are a rebel who decides not to play by the rules.

You defy all else when it comes to you and your endgame goals.

One line in the poem reads, “Nothing gold can stay,” meaning that all good things must come to an end.