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We all remember Johnny’s last words to Ponyboy. Those heart wrenching, even the guys are crying last words, “Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold . . .” Johnny had hoped that Ponyboy would stay the pure innocent boy he knew, but as we all know nothing gold can stay. Now, most people would look at me like I’m crazy if I even hint at this, but hear me out.  Death alone can affect anybody in extreme ways, but it turns out that teens can be susceptible to PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). People can get PTSD by seeing or living through a dangerous event. The sudden or unexpected death of family members and/or loved ones can cause PTSD. Ponyboy has been through so many deaths in his lifetime, it wouldn’t be too surprising if he were to develop symptoms of PTSD. First, with his parents died in a car crash and than having to see both Johnny and Dally die in the same night, his mental state could be severely impactedSomething that I noticed when looking through the story is that Ponyboys demeanor changes significantly. For instance on page 170-171 it says, “Big deal. I busted the end off my bottle and held on to the neck and tossed away my cigarette. ‘You get back into your car or you’ll get split.’. . . .’I mean it.’ I hopped off the car. ‘I’ve had about all I can take from you guys.'” In this excerpt we can see how Johnny getting attacked and dying really affected him, because in the beginning of the book it says, “I pulled her to one side. ‘I couldn’t use this,” I said, dropping the pop bottle. ‘I couldn’t ever cut anyone. . . .'” In this excerpt Two-bit and Johnny are about get jumped and Two-bit hands Pony a broken bottle top. The contrast is explicit. Ponyboy’s demeanor and his reactions to danger are changing and have changed since Johnny and Dally died. Not only that, but right after Johnny’s death Ponyboy convince himself that Johnny isn’t dead and that he had nothing to do with Bob dying. “‘I had it.’ I stopped him. . .’I had the knife. I killed Bob.’ Randy shook his head. ‘I saw it. You were almost drowned. It was the black-headed guy that had the switchblade. Bob scared him into doing it. I saw it.’. . . .’Johnny is not dead.’ My voice was shaking. ‘Johnny is not dead.'” In this excerpt, we can see that the stress of multiple deaths is taking its toll on poor Pony. Until his family can step up, notice his symptoms, and get him help, Ponyboy has a ways to go before he can honor Johnny’s last words.