Jonathan Maydan

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

My Essay Reflection

My Essay Reflection

1.   At the beginning of the year my writing was not super-excellent. I would not write with a lot of detail and would not fully complete an essay for example, with enough evidence. During this year I have worked at improving those writing skills. Thanks to Mr. Diven I know write with a lot more detail and support my claims with more evidence to back them up.

2.   I consider my writing strengths to be sentence structure and efficient flow. I consider these my writing strengths because I believe I write with these strengths.

3.   Writing skills you need include good vocabulary choices, grammar and spelling. Next year I would like to continue developing my vocabulary skills and sentence flow because I believe it will make my writing even better.

4.   My favorite thing about this writing assignment was to learn about the Hero's Journey and how it relates to Ponyboy Curtis.

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

The Outsiders Heros Journey                                                       Jonathan Maydan

5/12/14                                                                                                                    Period 2



What do most people think about when someone says the word Hero? Most likely they think about people like Batman, Superman, Hulk, etc. This is caused because all of the comics, tvs shows and hit movies advertising them as a certain type of hero. This specific type of hero is considered a superhero. Someone with incredible inhuman abilities including super speed, super strength, invisibility and many more helping them rid the world of evil forces. Nonetheless, this is not the only type of hero. Another less-eye catching hero is Ponyboy Curtis. Ponyboy goes on a heros journey, not for being able to have superhuman abilities but to return to his home normal 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 late at night at the park after he and Johnny run away. There they meet Socs with the intent of fighting because they had “stole” their girlfriends. After the fight Johnny ends up killing Bob. Ponyboy was lying on the concrete floor gasping for air. The next thing he knows, Johnny is kneeled beside him. With a strange, greenish/pale face he says “I killed that boy.” In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero leaves his comfortable and safe environment to venture into the dark and scary unknown. The hero feels like theres a missing piece to his life and he wants to restore some honor or justice. The hero then reaches a dramatic and shocking phase which he then encounters a helper to give advice. This action is very sudden because it was unexpected and he did not have the slightest intent of killing Bob. This is also very dramatic because Johnny just took a boy’s life away. This could put Johnny in jail. Even though Ponyboy and Johnny live in a very dangerous and rough neighborhood they have never been on this level of crime before.This event shows Ponyboy goes through the Separation Of The Known.

Ponyboy experiences part 1 of the Initiation when he realizes he’s in a dark enclosed place. In shock, Ponyboy freaks out when he becomes conscious of being in an unknown place with strangers, screaming for his two friends Johnny and Dally . The only thing clear in his mind was the memory of him jumping in the burning church. Ponyboy felt a wet rag touch his face as he is carried an anonymous place, believing it’s the fuzz. Someone abruptly says “‘Take it easy, kid. You’re in an ambulance.”’ In the Hero’s Journey the first part of The Initiation is when the hero goes into a physical or physiological unknown. This event clearly shows Ponyboy went through the first part of The initiation because he went into a physical unknown. This is an unknown challenge because he needs to overcome his fear of being in the unknown. Ponyboy’s action makes him a hero because of his brave and heroic act. The result of being a hero is him being sent to a hospital and facing the next upcoming challenges yet to come.

Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when he finds out two of his closest friends, Dally and Johnny are dead. Suddenly Ponyboy remembers Johnny and Dally are dead. He tries to forget this ever happens but Darry tells him he has been “delirious” and “asleep” for quite a while. Ponyboy simply says “‘two friends of mine had died that night.”’ “‘Dally died a hero. He died violent and desperate…. but Johnny died a gallant. In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero experiences a suspenseful change in the way he illustrates life and learns to develop into “one” with himself. This event proves Ponyboy goes through the second part of The Initiation because he goes through a suspenseful change in the way he illustrates life by not having his two best friends alive anymore. This changes him because Johnny and Dally were almost like family to him. In his mind a world without them is a world he wouldn’t want to live in. Johnny and Dally are such a big part of his life. When they died he illustrates life as a dark and shallow place to live in.

Ponyboy experiences The Return To Everyday Life when he and Darry catch Soda and they start to understand each other. When Soda runs off Ponyboy and Darry chase him down and they start to understand each other. Darry says “Sure little buddy, no more fighting.” In the Hero’s Journey, The Return To Everyday Life is when the hero comes back to his normal, everyday lifestyle with a gift. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy comes back to his everyday life normally, except with a gift. He now cares and loves his brothers. This event shows that Ponyboy goes through The Return To Everyday Life because he comes back to his everyday life with the gift of getting along with his brothers and experiences love.

In Conclusion, the main character in The Outsiders, Ponyboy goes on a Hero’s Journey because he travels through the three required phases of a monomyth. In the first place, Ponyboy goes through The Separation From The Known when Johnny killed Bob. Next Ponyboy goes through the Initiation when he is in an ambulance and when his two closest friends die. Lastly Ponyboy goes through The Return To Everyday Life when he cares and loves his brothers. These three phases prove Ponyboy Curtis goes through The Hero’s Journey.

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