KC Florant

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey

My Essay Reflection

My writing was very simple in the beginning of the year. I used to very simple english and did not understand some questions or I might of gone TOTALLY off topic. After this year I have learned how to run over a question before I try to answer it.

I think my greatest strengths are interpretations. I enjoy connecting with characters so they come easy to me.

I think I could work more on narratives. I need to be a little more creative and come up with more interesting stories.

I enjoyed this book because it was an interesting outlook on the less wealthy neighborhoods. Showing that anyone can be good, from any background, as well as be bad.

My Outsiders essay

Outsiders/Hero’s Journey KC Florant 5-5-14 6

The most common hero in modern times is the “super hero” of comic books worldwide. Although, there is a lesser known everyday hero. As long as they go through the Hero’s Journey, anyone can be a hero. Like in The Outsiders, by SE Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis Goes on a Hero’s Journey through the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In The Outsiders, by SE Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis goes through the Hero’s Journey because he goes through the three stages of a monomyth.

Ponyboy goes through through the Separation From The Known when Darry hits him. When Pony and Johnny stay out too late at the lot and sleep, Ponyboy comes home late, which sends Darry over the edge. Darry responds, “"I didn't mean to!’ Darry shouted, and I almost shook. ‘I didn't think! I forgot! That's all I hear out of you! Can't you think of anything?’

‘Darry...’ Sodapop began, but Darry turned on him. ‘You keep your trap shut! I'm

sick and tired of hearin' you stick up for him.’

He should never yell at Soda. Nobody should ever holler at my brother. I

exploded. ‘You don't yell at him!’ I shouted. 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 is called to adventure via a traumatic event. In The Outsiders, when Darry saps Pony, it starts the event. When Darry slaps him, it tells Pony that Darry does not want him around, inturn he makes a rational decision to run away. Thus the traumatic event. Pony mentions the fact that he does not think Darry wants him around multiple times throughout the story, which is why they do not get along. Pony rejects any signs of Darry’s kindness and ignores it. He realizes this later on in the story.

Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when Dally sends them off to the church with food and supplies. After Johnny kills a soc, they flee to Buck Williams’ house to ask Dally for supplies. They must leave in fear of being put in the “cooler”. When they arrive, Dally acts as their Threshold Guardian because he [reps them for the journey ahead. When they are ready to go, Dally sends them off by saying, ‘“Git goin!’ He messed up Johnny’s hair. ‘Take care kid.’ he said softly’”(62). I the Hero’s Journey, the first part of the Initiation is when the hero is sent into the Unknown. The Initiation is when the hero is sent away from the known, where he finds several challenges along the way. In The Outsiders, when Pony and Johnny set off into the unknown, Dally acts as their Threshold Guardian because he preps them for their journey ahead. He sends them off with a weeks worth of bologna, 50 dollars and a loaded gun. He also gives them directions to a hideout in Jay mt., which will give them shelter. Dally does this because he really cares about Johnny, he feels they come from the same background. Broken families that don’t want them. Pony and Johnny trek into the unknown after Dally preps them, and head into the unknown. Pony goes through the Separation Initiation part one because Dally acts as the threshold guardian and help them into the unknown.

Ponyboy continues to experience the Initiation when he witnesses the second death. When both Dally and Johnny die in the same day, Pony is sent into a stupor and soon blacks out. Pony narrates, “The world was spinning around me, and blobs of faces and visions of things past were dancing in the red mist that covered the lot. It swirled into a mass of colors and I felt myself swaying on my feet. Someone cried, ‘Glory, look at the kid!’And the ground rushed up to meet me very suddenly.” In the Initiation part two is when the hero is at his lowest point, The Abyss. He must battle the challenge that plagues him throughout the book,it is at its strongest in The Abyss. In The Outsiders, when Pony witnesses the second of two deaths in a matter of hours, it sends him into a large stupor plagued with denial. This shows he is at his lowest point because he cannot comprehend the fact that they are gone. He forces himself to believe they are still alive because he does not want to face the fact they are dead. He is facing his biggest fear. His biggest fear is losing his “family” or the gang, and his brothers. He fears he might be forced to join a boy’s home. This is his biggest fear because they are his whole life, he grew up with them, they took care of him. He fears the pain of living without would be too much to bear. Others feel the same, Two-bit, for example, says that they could get along without anyone else but Johnny. The fact that others feel the same way about the situation means that it is a legitimate threat that could destroy the gang and change their lives forever. This is Pony’s fear that he must face, the threat of losing the gang, or being sent to a boys home.

Ponyboy experiences The Return To Everyday Life when he wakes up from his stupor. When he wakes up, he feels too tired to actually wake up so he goes back to sleep. When he wakes up again, he realizes that his little world is not the only one out there in the world. He thinks about other towns, other neighborhoods that have equal or greater challenges to deal with everyday. Pony narrates, “When I woke up, it was daylight and I was hot under all the blankets on me. In The Hero’s Journey, The Return To Everyday Life is when the hero arises from the Abyss a new person. They view the world in a different light and return to where they started, usually with a gift from his travels. In The Outsiders, when Pony returns to everyday life, he brings a gift: the book. Pony’s voice says that this is his his gift because it states in the story that it ends in a loop. It ends the same way as the beginning, after he exits the movie theatre. At the end of the book it says that he must write an end of the year theme. He uses this story as his theme. This book that I am writing about, is his gift that he brings back to Everyday Life.

In conclusion Pony comes back from his Hero’s Journey with the gift of the novel, retelling his adventure to us, the audience. Ponyboy is called to adventure when Darry smacks against him against the door. He is then sent through The Initiation when Dally, the Threshold Guardian, sends them off with clothing, food and supplies for them on their way to The Unknown. He is then trapped in the Abyss after both Johnny and Dally die. He then returns from his journey back to everyday life with the gift of the novel itself. In the real world, it is possible that a man could turn into a large green mass of destruction, or an arachnid avenger with the stealth of a cat. But that is almost impossible if not completely impossible. Although, there are real life heroes, waiting to be discovered. A Hero’s Journey could be taken by anyone, from any background, and any city. Anyone can do it with the right incentive, and a little guts.

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