Ethan Geller

THE OUTSIDERS

My Essay Reflection

How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the yer and how would you describe it now?  My writing was fair at the beginning of the year with the exception of some mistakes. I used to think I would not improve as dramatically as I did. Now I think I have improved with spelling, punctuation, and the use of a greater variety of new words. I am really happy for how much I've done this year and I hope I can do the same next year.

What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain.  My writing strengths are taking a piece of text, that is sloppy, horrible, and ineradicable unthoughtful and make it into an amazing piece of writing. Also I think I am very good at hooking the audience into the writing.

What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain. I want to continue developing my ability to hook the reader. Also I want to continue with fixing others or my own writing and always make it better.

What did you like best about reading this novel and/or doing the writing assignment? I loved the book in so many different ways. When reading this book it gave me such suspense that I couldn't handle it. It is very hard to find a book that I like. I would have defiantly not found this book if it was not for Mr. Diven so thank you. This writing assignment was so much fun.    

The Outsiders Essay

  The Outsider’s Ethan Geller

5/5/14 Period 6

When I think about a “super hero” the first thing that pops up in my mind is a marvel superhero. They all have one thing in common, that's their super power. Yet some heros don't have powers, there just normal people with confidence. Like Pony Boy Curtis, from the novel The Outsider’s by SE Hinton, it happens through the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. To become a hero, PonyBoy had to go on a Heros Journey. A Hero’s Journey is when you go through the three stages of a monomyth.

The first stage is when Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when he walks out from Dally’s place, into the darkness. This happened after johnny killed Bob the soc. It was in the park next to the water fountain. Johnny said "I killed him,"I killed that boy." 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 Johnny killed Bob, it starts that event. After, they decide to turn to Dally, I noticed that he was the only one Pony and Johnny could trust. After they walk into the night, with directions to go, and supplies to carry, they set off.

Next, Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when he can’t bare to realize that Johnny is cutting and bleaching his own hair. This is happening in an abandoned church. This is the place that dally sends them to hide for a little while. Soon it was time for Johnny to cut pony’s hair. It went down like this, Johnny flipped out the razor

edge of his switch, took hold of my hair, and started

sawing on it. I shuddered. "Not too short," I begged. "Johnny, please..."(62) In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of the Initiation is when the hero is separated from the known and has to face the unknown challenges on the way. In the Outsiders, Pony faced the first challenge on page (62). The challenge he had to go through was to let Johnny CUT and BLEACH his hair. It was really hard for pony because his comed, shiny, and greasy hair is the symbol of being a greaser. It also shows tuff or how cool he looks.

Soon, Ponyboy continues to experience the Initiation when he stumps over that fact that the doctors know that Johnny is going to die. It started with the fire of a church and johnny decided to go in and save kids. It ended in a very bad way with him in the hospital. When the doctor came out and said, He was in critical condition. His back had been broken when that piece of timber fell on him. He was in severe shock and suffering from third degree burns. They were doing everything they could to ease the pain, although since his back was broken he couldn't even feel the burns below his waist. In the Hero's Journey, the second part of The Initiation in when the hero starts with the hero feeling the abyss. The abyss is the lowest point in time for the hero. They have to face their “Greatest Fear”. In The Outsiders, Pony feels the abyss when he realizes johnny is gonna die. This part of the book is very hard for him because johnny is a very Terrific friend to him. In fact he might be Pony’s best friend in times of great pain. Yet Pony has to overcome his “biggest fear” and start to stand up or face problems with out Johnny.

Finally, Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when he wakes up from his concussion. It started at the rumble. The rumble is a big fight with greasers against the socs. When they win they go straight to the hospital where johnny is on the break of death. Soon he dies. His last words were "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."(). As Johnny dies Pony doesn't want to believe it. In the Hero’s Journey, The return to Everyday Life is when the hero comes back with a “Gift” or something that helps the hero and others. In The Outsiders Ponyboy comes back to everyday life with his “Gift”. His “Gift” is to face his fears without anybodys help. It is a definite sign of this when he is on the hood of a car and a few socs show up. They came up to him and said u the one that killed bob right. Pony could tell they wanted trouble. Yet instead of running and calling for help he breaks the end of a bottle and stands up. He says yeah you got a problem with that. This surprised the socs so they backed off. Even so It surprised Pony as well, he had never felt this way before.

In conclusion Pony come back to Everyday life with his “Gift”. He retells his adventure to us, the audience, in a novel form. The novel starts with Pony going through the stage of The Separation from the Known. This was when they turned to Dally to help them escape and hide. The next stage is The Initiation or the start of the unknown. It with pony unbarring the fact that Johnny is cutting his hair. Next is the second part of The Initiation, or challenges and temptations. I happens when Pony stumps over the fact that he knows, Johnny is gonna die. Finally the last stage of the Hero’s Journey is The Return to Everyday Life. At the end, Pony came Back with his “gift” of being able to stand up for himself without others. To me this showed Ponyboy has finally become a hero. Ponyboy Curtis is just one of many humans who have been through this. They aren't some amazing super human with superpowers there just ordinary people like me and you, who just want to become powerful within themselves. So in the end, to become a hero you need to feel like a hero.

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