Mallika Saxena

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

My Essay Reflection

1.My writing has changed a lot over the year because I have become better in putting sensory detail. At the start I would put detail, but not enough to give the audience a whole view of where the character was. It has become easier for me to express my ideas.

2. One of my strengths is word choice and choosing the right words for a specific moment. l and I am good at writing conclusions and introductions especially the hook. I am good at making connections and   introducing the piece of writing.

3.  I want to improve in giving more evidence when writing paragraphs or an essay. Specifically backing up my reasoning with more points. Another thing I want to work on is structuring my ideas so they flow together.

4. This novel was great because it showed a time that is completely different than now and with a lot of detail. This book is from a first person view and written by an author who is a girl. When I first saw this book I thought it was going to be boring which is not true.

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey

Everyone always assumes that a hero is a person who always recuses someone from a problem. A hero wears a costume and has special abilities to fight anything that comes their way. These superheroes are always known to be in movies, but no ordinary person is thought to be a hero. This is not necessarily true, because a young boy like Ponyboy Curtis can become a hero. Ponyboy has gone through all the phases and steps of a  Hero's Journey. In the end he brings back a gift to share with everyone. In the realistic fiction novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the main character Ponyboy Curtis goes on a Hero’s Journey because he travels through the three required phases of a monomyth.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when he is hit by Darry and runs to the park where Johnny is, his closest friend in the gang. Ponyboy’s life becomes worse when Darry hits him because he comes home late and on top of that defends Sodapop. “Darry wheeled around and slapped me so hard that it knocked me against the door” (50). In the Hero’s journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero has left his/her environment that they are most comfortable in. In The Outsiders Ponyboy has experienced the Separation from the Known because he has taken an action that leads him to leave his home. That event happens when Darry slaps him which leads him to go to Johnny where they are attacked by Socs. Eventually Johnny kills one of the Socs named Bob. They run away to get help from Dally who is the head of the gang, a greaser who has been in jail many times, the “threshold guardian” and he tells them to run away. The reason they are running away is because they killed a Soc and since they are greasers there will be a huge fine or a terrible punishment against them. In the end killing Bob, the soc, has caused the both of them to go on a journey.

Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when he is at the old church which is in the country. He is in the church with Johnny and in order to not be recognized Ponyboy needs to cut his hair and bleach even though he does not want to. “Johnny flipped out the razor-edge of his switch, took hold of my hair, and started sawing on it” (72). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero is in a state of mind or in a physical state that is hard to deal with because it is a challenge and Ponyboy has gone through a challenge. He needs to cut off his hair so he is not caught by the police for being there while committing a crime. He does not want to cut his hair because it is his identity. Ponyboy is a greaser and his hair shows that to the world which explains why he does not want to cut it.Overall this shows that Ponyboy goes through one of the hardest changes in his life.

Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when he comes back from the hospital and finds out that he might be put in a boys home. Ponyboy has found out that he might have to go to a boys home because the court thinks that Darry is not a good guardian. He gets this news by reading the newspaper that has a column on him,Sodapop, and Darry. “‘No, they ain’t goin’ to put us in a boys’ home”’(109). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero faces a fear inside of himself that he/she eventually overcomes. Ponyboy realizes that he might get separated from his real family which is Darry and Sodapop, his two brothers. He does not want to get separated because both of his brothers have always been there for him whenever he needed them. This is his greatest fear because he does not want to be separated from the people who love him and who he cares about. This is important because he cannot live without his brothers and they are a huge part of his life. Ponyboy is finally getting along with Darry and now they might get split up. He realizes that they play a big part in his life because his brothers know everything about him since they grew up together. In the end Ponyboy needs his brothers because they all work together and if one brother is not there then the whole system breaks and falls apart.

Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when he has accepted his new life and himself after he has gone through all the changes. Ponyboy is out with Steve and Two-Bit during lunch when the Socs come and then he breaks the a pop bottle which he then points towards them which means stay back. “Big deal. I busted the end off my bottle and held on to the neck and tossed away my cigarette”(171). In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday Life is when the hero has returned with a gift that has given him some enlightenment, and guidance to help him and others with their life. Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life with a gift which is having a much more complicated view of the world and this gift has brought wisdom. Ponyboy is seeing the “full spectrum” view unlike before he knew the black and white. An example is of the Socs before he knew them as greasers vs. socs, but now he sees them as a lot more than that. The Socs to him are no longer more powerful than he is and he should not be afraid to stand up to them. Ponyboy stood up to the Socs which he has never done before. In the end Ponyboy has returned with a gift that shows he is independent because he does not need anyone to rely on when socs "jump" him on the street, he is now capable enough to defend himself.

In conclusion Ponyboy Curtis goes through the Hero’s journey in the realistic fiction novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton because he has traveled through all the phases of the Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy leaves his home after being hit by his older brother then lands up at a church in the country. When he returns he has a fear of being taken away and eventually is contained with his self which means that he is satisfied with the way he has changed after the journey. In this world it is nearly impossible to have powers and abilities that are unique. To be a superhero is difficult, but anybody can go on the Hero’s Journey. In the end the Hero returns with a gift that will help everyone in the end.

Comment Stream