by S.E. Hinton
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" recited by Robert Frost (Timelapse)
Johnny wishes for Ponyboy to "stay gold", meaning to stay true to himself.
A switchblade represents event that put everything into motion in the novel. It also represents the idea of secrets which is a evident in the lives of the Socs and the Greasers.
The leaves are a perfect image to represent several aspects of The Outsiders. Leaves are found outside and are all unique which is a key idea to the novel.