Phoebe Crabb

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

My Essay Reflection

1.    How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the year and how would you describe it now? Answer: I would say that my writing skills have gotten better this year than I did at the beginning of the year. I feel like I've gotten stronger than I did before.

2.    What do you consider your writing strength? Explain. Answer: I would say my writing strengths is taking comments or advice from my teacher and try the best I can to make the essay better than my rough draft.

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.  Answer: I would say that I need to work on next year is to add more evidence and detail into my body paragraphs to make them more stronger.

4. What did you like best abut reading this novel and/or doing this writing assignment?    Answer:I really liked reading the novel, I think that was the best part of this assignment, because I thought that the book was really good and fun to read and it made the writing assignment way better.

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

The Outsider’s/Hero’s Journey                                                                                Phoebe Crabb   5/9/14                                                                                                                             P:7



          When most people hear the word “superhero” they think of people in costumes and have superpowers. Heroes like Batman and Robin, Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, and many more. Even though these heroes cause extreme damages to cities, they are rewarded as heroes for defending the world against evil. But there are many heroes in the world that don’t have costumes or powers. There are many special people, like Ponyboy Curtis. Ponyboy doesn’t get bitten by a radio-active spider or get injected with gamo-radiation but goes on a Hero’s Journey and comes as a hero and with a gift. In the Realistic Novel The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton is about a person named Ponyboy Curtis that goes on his Hero’s Journey, through his Separation from the Known, The Initiation, and The Return to Everyday Life.

          Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Unknown when Johnny and Ponyboy are being “jumped” and Johnny kills Bob the Soc. Johnny and Ponyboy have been “jumped” by the socs. As they attack Ponyboy, by drowning him Johnny gets his switchblade and stabs Bob. Johnny says, “I killed him.” “I killed that boy” (56). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero leaves the world that he knows and starts his adventure into the Unknown world. The hero feels he is looking something in life, the hero experiences something traumatic forcing him to take action. As Johnny and Ponyboy were walking through the park, Bob and the Socs attack them. They start with Ponyboy by drowning him in the park fountain. While they attack Ponyboy, Johnny gets his switchblade out and stabs Bob the Soc. As Ponyboy’s head in the water, he sees blood in the water, he sees that Bob, is lying dead on the floor. This is a traumatic scene in the book that Ponyboy and Johnny faced. This scene shows that Ponyboy and Johnny are now criminals, murders. And they feel that the only way to solve this is to run away, by that they have to meet Dally. Dally, a hoodlum, responsible for almost all crime in the city, agrees that he should help them. Dally gives them both, money, a gun, clothes, and directions. As both Johnny and Ponyboy say goodbye, they cross through the door, through the Threshold. And are now Separated from the Known and descend into the Unknown.

          Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when his hair is cut off and bleached blonde. After when Ponyboy and Johnny ran away and made it to Jade Mountain, Ponyboy finds out that he needs his hair cut. Pony says, “No Johnny, not my hair.” “It was my pride, It was long and silky, just like Soda’s only a little redder.”(71). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero faces a challenge he doesn’t want to face. The hero feels uncomfortable and feels displeasure when against these challenge. The hero feels that he must go against these challenges. In The Outsiders, The Initiation is when Johnny tells Ponyboy that they need to cut their hair. This event is something traumatic for Ponyboy. Since Greasers like their hair, it was their pride to grow it long and grease it. Ponyboy feels like he cannot do it because he feels that all he has is his hair, which is his pride. This is a challenge for Ponyboy that he must overcome and face. He feels that he that he should have it cut, and he does. Ponyboy has faced a hard and traumatic challenge that he overcame. But, Ponyboy feels that in order to be on the run, he must cover his identity as being a greaser, that was why he must cut his hair off. Ponyboy has faced his challenge and waits for what comes next.

          Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when Pony must fight in the Rumble, but wonders why Greasers fight. Ponyboy has returned home, where Darry and Soda are. But then realizes that they are at war with the Socs, since Johnny and Ponyboy have killed Bob the Soc. Ponyboy narrates, “Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn’t think of any good reason. There isn’t any good reason for fighting except self-defense.”(137). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero comes back to his known but as a different person. The hero before was lacking something in life, but when he truly saw who he was, he wanted to change himself. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy’s transformation occurs when he went to the rumble. Before, Pony thinks he is a total greaser, like he wanted to be like Paul Newman, a tuff or cool like greaser. But now, he doesn’t feel like a greaser. Since he sees Darry, a hardworking brother that is willing to go to college and be someone in his life, he doesn’t want to be a hoodlum or criminal. Ponyboy feels like he could be something in the world, instead of being a greaser. He could be someone else. One of these reasons is that Ponyboy doesn’t want to fight unless its self-defense, which means that he isn’t a normal greaser, he’s not like the rest of the greasers.

          Ponyboy’s experiences The Return to Everyday Life when he was asked to write a theme. His English teacher asks him to write a theme. Pny realizes that he has gained wisdom from his adventure and wants to write about it. “There should be some help, someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn’t be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore. It was important to me.” (179). In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday Life is when the hero comes back to his normal life and decides to write his journey. Something has happened to Ponyboy that he wanted to write about and share it with the world. In The Outsiders, Johnny leaves Ponyboy the book Gone with the wind and he sees a note that is from Johnny. Johnny wanted to let Pony tell Dally that there’s still good in the world and should never give up. Ponyboy though realize its too late to tell Dally. Ponyboy sees Dally falling to the ground under the streetlight just when Johnny was gone. Then Ponyboy realizes that the only way to stop people like Dally to give up all hope is to tell them that there still is hope in the world. And the way he was going to this is by writing it in his theme, and share it with the world. He wants people to know his story and always believe that there is good in life. Pony takes his theme as gift to people like Dally and to the rest of the world.

          In conclusion, Ponyboy comes back from his everyday life as a new person. Ponyboy is a new person and he gives a gift. The gift is in the form of a book. Ponyboy has learned about himself and what he must do in the world. Ponyboy has experiences so much in his hero's Journey. Ponyboy and Johnny get jumped by Socs, forcing Johnny to kill Bob, forcing Ponyboy to get his hair cut and bleached blonde., to fight in the rumble, and last to write a theme about his Journey. It could be possible to have superpowers. To have an Iron Suit, to have invincible shield, or to have extreme kung-fu moves . But it can be possible for someone to go on a Hero’s Journey, but they must prepare for the challenges they must face. This could benefit that person and could return with a gift.

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