Anna Thie

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

                                                 

My Essay Reflection

1) Q-How would I describe my writing at the beginning of the year and how would I describe it now?

A- I think my writing has improved a lot because in the beginning of the year i would get off track and be disorganized with the paper and put things in the wrong place as I would write a confusing essay. But now I can write an essay that may not be perfect but is on track and organized with everything in the right place.

2) Q- What would you consider your writing strengths?

A- I think my best writing strength is that I can come up with creative ideas as I write and if I know where to put it then it turns out better than what I had first. So I think that my best strength is my creativity.

3) Q- What skills do I think I can improve?

A- I think i should work on reviewing my work and rereading all my work because when I miss something I leave a lot of mistakes so I should work on reading all my work and the instructions closer so I don't miss anything.

4) Q-  What was your favorite  part about this project?

A- I liked making a Tackk because it was fun to be able to change the color and fonts and it was really fun to do that.

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey

Anna Thie

The Outsiders / Hero’s Journey pg:1

5-6-14 7th

Most people have seen t.v superheroes and would love to be like them with the cool bright colored costumes, masks, and capes. And to have amazing superpowers that are always saving the world. If only people knew that you don't need all those things to be a superhero. All people need is a chance to go through the Hero’s Journey. In this story the audience follows Ponyboy as he watches his friend commit murder and then both of them going on the run from the police. In the realistic fiction novel by S.E Hinton the main character Ponyboy Curtis goes on a Heros Journey that involves tragedy, love, and loss as he is on the run.

Ponyboy experiences the Separation from the known when Johnny kills a Soc. In a park in the middle of the night, Johnny has just stabbed and killed a Soc that was trying to drown Ponyboy. “I killed him, I killed that boy.” In the Hero's Journey, The Separation from the known is when the hero hears his friend Johnny tell him that he has just killed a Soc, this will separate Pony because he now knows about a murder that his friend has committed and he will now feel like a criminal and will want to run away from the police so he does not get arrested. In the Outsiders, Ponyboy is just a greaser that lives with his two brothers Sodapop and Darry, and it’s just been them three since there parents died when they were younger. One night Pony’s older brother Darry hit Pony and Pony got Johnny who was sleeping in an empty lot and they ran off to the park and sat on top of the structure, but then a group a Soc came and attacked Johnny, then tried to drown Ponyboy. Pony blacked out and when he woke up he saw a fountain of

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blood and Johnny sitting there holding a bloody switchblade. There Johnny now tells him that he just killed a Soc and he needs to run because they are now wanted for murder.

Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when he and Johnny run to Dally’s place after he killed a Soc to get help. Right after Pony wakes up and sees whats going on, him and Johnny go to seek help from Dally. “‘Dally,’ Johnny said faintly. ‘Dally will get us out of here.’” In the Hero's Journey, the Hero experiences the first part of the Initiation when the hero goes to Dally for help. They say that Dally can get them out of trouble because he gets in trouble often so Johnny knows that Dally can get them both out of the way of the police. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy starts the

Initiation

by going to Dally to help him and Johnny run away because they do not want to get arrested for killing a Soc. Once they get to Darry he helps them by giving them supplies and sending them off.

Ponyboy continues to experience the Initiation when Johnny goes in a fire to save a group of kids. Then he got his back broken and many bad burns in the fire, and he is now in critical condition in the hospital. “He can’t feel the burns below his waist, and if he makes it he will be crippled for the rest of his life.” In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero has a low point where he must battle his greatest internal or external fear. To continue on he must have that fear die so he can see a new change in his life. In the Outsiders, Pony reaches the Abyss because he sees his friend Johnny in critical condition in the hospital after he ran into the burning church to save

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children when the roof fell on him and he broke his back so he will never be able to walk again, and he suffers many 3rd degree burns. The doctor told Pony that Johnny may not make it, and if he does he will never be able to walk again.

Ponyboy experiences the Return To Everyday Life when he comes home and has lots of mental trauma. Ponyboy returns to normal life when he comes home after seeing two of his friends, Dally and Johnny die. He now looks up to his older brother Darry as his role model. “Maybe you should be a little neater, huh little buddy?” This shows that Darry really does care about Pony, and this was when Pony was lying on the couch and Darry made him soup then told him that. This made Pony happy because he has never said that too him and to Pony it was a way for him to know that he really cares. In the Hero’s Journey, The Return To Everyday Life is when the Hero returns from his Journey with a gift. In the Outsiders, Pony comes home with a gift that is he views everyone as the same, and he also can look at others views and see their side of the story. This is shown when he looks at the picture of the Soc Johnny killed in the yearbook. When he looked at that picture he wondered what that Soc, Bob, was really like. This shows that he looks into others views. And when he got in the car with a Soc and talked to him later he just said he was a guy, just like them. This is important because this is Pony’s gift that he has to share.

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In conclusion, in the realistic fiction novel by S.E Hinton, Ponyboy goes through the Hero’s Journey as he sees death, fear, and danger while he is on the run. Ponyboy experiences the Separation from the known when Johnny kills a Soc. Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when he and Johnny run to Dally’s place after he killed a Soc to get help. Ponyboy continues to experience the Initiation when Johnny goes in a fire to save a group of kids. Then he got his back broken and many bad burns in the fire. Ponyboy experiences the Return To Everyday Life when he comes home and has lots of mental trauma. This story is showing that the Hero’s Journey can happen in real life. Like in the Boston Marathon Bombing. The next year got the highest attendance EVER! These people were risking their lives. And this matters because all of these people where going on a hero’s journey in there own ways.

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