Josh Singh

"My Essay Reflection"

Q.) How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the year and how would you describe it now?

A.) The essays at the beginning of the year was a bit harder than writing now because coming off of summer it was hard to remember the essay techniques, but after taking a year to go over them and learn new ones it is easy.

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

A.) My writing strengths are writing the introduction and conclusion. I believe these are my writing strengths because I always get good grades on them. Also, the introduction and conclusion are all about text to world connections and I am good at that. Overall, I believe that writing the introduction and conclusion are my strengths.

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

A.) I want to develop many things. First, I want to be able to convey my ideas better. I do not really know how to put my ideas in writing. Second, I want to be better about using right capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling. Lastly, I need to develop my "why it matters" skills more. As you can see I want to continue to develop a lot of things next year.

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

A.) This novel is the best novel I have ever read. It is so good that when we were done with the novel, I read it again. Thing I like best about this novel is there was never a dull moment. It is action packed and S.E. Hinton did a very good job writing the book. Overall I loved this book and I highly recommend this book to all people of all ages!

"The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay"

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Josh Singh

5-5-14 1st period

Most people do not realize that there are two types of heroes. There are superheroes and there are everyday heroes. People usually only focus on superheroes (like Spiderman, Batman, and Superman) because they can do extraordinary things. Everyday heroes cannot do super things, but they do go on a Hero’s Journey. Just like Ponyboy Curtis. Instead of having super human strength or x-ray vision, Ponyboy returns to everyday life with a gift. In the realistic fiction novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, the main character, Ponyboy Curtis, goes on an Hero’s Journey because he travels through the three required phases of a monomyth.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when Johnny kills a Soc. Then, they run away because they are scared. There is evidence of this when Pony says, “‘We gotta get outa here. Get some where. The police’ll be here soon.’ I was trembling and it wasn’t all from the cold” (57). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero leaves his or her comfortable and familiar world and ventures into the outside and dark world. He or she does this because they experience discontent and wants to restore honor or justice. The hero experiences a sudden and traumatic change that he or she has to do something about. In The Outsiders, the Separation from the Known is when Ponyboy’s friend kills a Soc. This is a sudden event that just happens over night. It is a great shock to Pony. No sixteen year old kills a person and gets away with it! This event causes Pony to take refuge and hide. This shows that a sudden event happens to Pony and he hides because of it. By reacting to this traumatic change in his life he gets separated from the known and therefore goes through the first phase of the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences the first part of the second phase,The Initiation, when he is inside an ambulance. When Jerry asks him, “‘Or are you just professional heroes or something?’"(81) Pony thinks, “Sent from heaven? Had he gotten a good look at Dallas?” (81) and Pony responds to Jerry, “‘No, we're greasers,’"(81). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation experiences a physical or physiological unknown. Also, the hero experiences challenges in this phase. In The Outsiders, Pony experiences a physiological unknown. He experiences the physiological unknown when he is in the ambulance and Jerry asks him are Johnny, Dally and Pony professional heroes. This is an unknown to Pony because Pony thinks Jerry is kidding. He does not realize that Greasers can be heroes. This is a physiological unknown because Pony does not know that Greasers can be heroes. This shows that Pony goes through the first part of The Initiation.

Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when Pony realizes that he cannot do anything for Dally and Johnny. When Dally dies, Pony narrates, “Nothing we can do … not for Dally or Johnny or Tim Shepard or any of us… My stomach gave a violent start and turned into a hank of ice” (154-155). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero experiences a change and sees life in a new way. In The Outsiders, Pony experiences a change and sees life in a new way. When Dally dies, Pony feels sorry for Dally, but then Soda tells him there is nothing they can do. At that very moment, Pony realizes that there is nothing he can do for Dally or Johnny or Tim Shepard. This matters because in this phase Ponyboy’s way of

thinking changes because he realizes something. This shows that Pony boy goes through the second part of The Initiation.

Ponyboy goes back to his regular life but he is not his regular self anymore. When Pony comes back to his home he narrates, “I wish I could say that everything went back to normal, but it didn’t. Especially me” (168-169). In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday life is when the hero returns to everyday life but comes back with a gift, physical or mental. In The Outsiders, The Return to Everyday Life occurs when Pony returns to his everyday with a gift. In Pony’s case, that gift is enlightenment. He thinks differently about everyone now. He realizes that there are boys just like Johnny and Dally all over the country. Just like Johnny in the sense that his parents hate him and he has no real family and like Dally in the sense that the people do not see anything good in the world. This piece of wisdom is Pony’s gift. So, Pony then, shares this idea with the world in a book (The Outsiders). He realizes that there are many people like Johnny and Dally. This shows that the Hero’s Journey really made an impact on Pony and that he returns to everyday life with a gift, hence, completing The Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy goes on a Hero’s Journey because he goes through all the three phases of a monomyth. First, Pony gets separated from the known because he receives a call to adventure. Then, he faces some challenges. After that, he transforms into his new self . Finally, he sees life in new way. In a way, both the types of heroes are super in their own way. Super heroes have superhuman powers/abilities and the everyday heroes go on a Hero’s Journey. Even though being a superhero might seem cooler, people cannot become a superhero overnight, but people can go on a Hero’s Journey and become better people. As more good people in the world will have a positive effect on everyone else in the world. Overall, there are two types of heroes and they are both special in their own way.

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