Dally has a deep love for Johnny. Why? What is the reason/motivation behind Dally’s protectiveness over Johnny? Dally is considered a hoodlum. Provide a different perspective of Dally. Provide a thorough analysis of an important lesson that Ponyboy learns throughout the novel. Here are some questions to think about: What, specifically, is the lesson that Ponyboy learns in the novel? Why is it important? Why is the lesson difficult for Ponyboy to grasp at first? How does he come to understand it? What incidents are most important in Ponyboy’s journey to understanding the lesson? The idea of the “sunset” takes on important, figurative meaning in the novel. Provide an analysis of the meaning of “sunset” as it is used in the novel. Provide an analysis of the meaning behind Johnny’s words to Ponyboy: “Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold…” (126). Here are some questions to think about: Why does Johnny say this? What does he mean? How does “staying gold” connect to an important theme and/or conflict in the novel? Be sure to explain and support how this theme develops throughout the course of the novel. Form Your Own Thesis (Thesis needs approval before you begin writing) Consider the treatment of the following subjects in the novel and then create your own thesis: Honor Loyalty Pride Morality Bias/stereotyping Choice Innocence Identity Other??