Brooke Levine

"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?

1)My writing at the beginning of the year was really bad but over the year I have progressed into a better writer.

2)What do you consider your writing strengths?Explain.

2)My writing strengths are very descriptive and I have thoughtful ideas.I trey to get as much detail so they understand what I am trying to write.

3)What writing skills do you need and/or want ti continue to develop next year? Explain.

3) I want to keep working on what I learned this year and use them as tools for what I learn next year and then apply them to my writing.

4)What did you like best about reading this novel  and/or doing this writing assignment?

4)I liked that you could connect to the characters and also the message the book was sending out.

"The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay"

The Outsiders/Hero’s Journey Brooke Levine

5/5/14 Period 1

When everyone thinks of hero’s they think of superheroes: Batman, Superman, Spiderman,Thor and Captain America.This might be caused by all the hit movies that have come out in recent years about this type of hero. A hero with superhuman strength and amazing abilities that defeats the evil forces of the world.However, this is not the only kind of hero.There is a less spectacular hero. A hero like Ponyboy Curtis who goes on a Hero’s Journey not to get the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but to return as a normal person with a gift. 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 Ponyboy and Johnny get jumped by the socs. After getting jumped by the socs it results in Bob, a socs getting killed. Johnny says slowly, “I killed him,”. . . “I killed that boy”(56). Ponyboy and Johnny experience The Separation from The Known because they encounter a traumatic event when they get jumped by the socs. They had decide to run away because Darry hit Ponyboy and Darry has never hit Ponyboy. That forced him into action so he went and found Johnny and they decide to go to the park to cool down.When the socs come and start to drown Ponyboy the only way to save him was for Johnny to kill the socs who was drowning him. They did not know what to do so they went to Dally Winston to get help. He acted as their threshold guardian by giving them a gun, money, clothes,a place to go and a way out of town.

Ponyboy experiences The Initiation part 1 when Pony and Johnny hide in the Church and Johnny goes to get supplies. Pomy is really scared because he left and Pony doesn’t know if he got caught by the “fuzz”, the police, or if something bad happened. “I was scared, sitting there by myself”(70).Ponyboy experiences the first part of Initiation when Johnny leaves a note that he is going to get supplies. Pony’s challenge is getting through Johnny being gone and not getting caught by the “fuzz”, the police. Ponyboy goes into panic mode of his psychological unknown. His mind is thinking of the worst possible things that could happen to Johnny because he does not know what is going on. He also does not know what is going on with Dally either because Dally could get in trouble for helping them hide from the “fuzz”, the police. Dally had said once things were cooled down and safe he would come check in on them. But since he has not come yet it is worrying Pony.

Ponyboy continues to experience the Initiation when pony comes home and Steve and Two-bit come in while he is making breakfast. Ponyboy does not want to be separated from his brothers like he was before because they are his only family left but a judge will decide if they are separated or not. I swallow hard- “that they’re thinking about putting me and Soda in a boys’ home or something?”(108). Ponyboy experiences the second part of initiation when he hits his low point. When Steve and Two-bit come in they start to talk and pony tells them that he doesn’t want to be put in a boys home. He must transform and find the courage to not be afraid. Pony must fight his fear of being separated from his brothers. Steve says that they do not send heros to boys home. Since Pony saved the children Steve thinks that they will not take him away from his brothers.


Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when Ponyboy writes his “theme” which contains his “wisdom” about his Hero’s Journey. Both Johnny and Dally are dead and Pony has to write a theme for english but he does not know what to write about until he gets a letter that Johnny had put in Gone with the Wind. “And don’t be so bugged over being a greaser.You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want”(179). After Pony reads the letter from Johnny he realizes what he is going to write about. He is going to write about his Hero's Journey. To tell people about greasers and socs how they are one in the same. He returns with the gift of knowledge how they are all the same and they should not fight it does not solve anything. Ponyboy has a new wisdom about greasers and socs they should try and get along instead of being enemies it is not doing anything to benefit either group. He can try and make life and others better. His “theme” is the book the outsiders that is what he wrote.

In conclusion, Ponyboy Curtis goes on a Hero’s Journey because he goes through the three required phases of a monomyth. In phase one Ponyboy and Johnny get jumped by the socs. In the first part of phase two Johnny and Ponyboy hide in the church and Johnny goes to get supplies. Part two of phase two Ponyboy does not want to be separated from his brothers and sent to a boys home. In phase three ponyboy writes a “theme” which contains his “wisdom” about his Hero’s Journey. Is it possible someone could be bitten by a radioactive spider, create an iron suit or have an invincible shield, but it is not likely. However, a Hero’s Journey can be taken by anyone. He or


she just needs to be prepared for the challenge. It will benefit everyone when he or she returns with a gift!

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