Andrew Wang

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

My Essay Reflection

The Outsiders starts seemingly quiet, but then suddenly takes a surprising starts.  I believe that my best writing strengths are my punctuation skills and ability to hook the reader.  If I want more writing skills I would want to improve my punctuation skills and expand my knowledge of all english.  In The Outsiders I really liked the vivid characters, the interesting story, and the relatable moral.    

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

The Outsider/Hero’s Journey Andrew Wang

5/6/14 7th grade

When most people think of heroes 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 superman 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 who goes on a Hero’s Journey not to get the ability to leap buildings in a single bound, but to return as a normal person with a gift. In the realistic fiction novel, The Outsiders by SE Hinton the main character Pony Curtis goes on a Hero’s Journey because he travels through the three phrases of a monomyth.

Ponyboy experience The Separation from the Known when Johnny kills Bob. After the fight in the Park, Ponyboy almost gets drowned and Johnny kills Bob. Johnny says, “I killed that boy”(56). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero leaves his comfortable and familiar world and ventures into the darkness of the unknown. The Separation from the Known happens when Johnny kills the soc, Bob. This is sudden event, because Ponyboy was unconscious and everything happened to him so quickly. This traumatic experience turns the duo into criminals and it makes Ponyboy think that he and Johnny would not get a fair trial. This phase is The Threshold of Adventure. Later they go to get advice from Dally, the threshold guardian. Dally tells them to leave town and he gave them a gun. Hearing this Ponyboy and Johnny run away, leaving their safe world into the unknown. For traveling this way, Ponyboy is separated from the know.

Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when he enters a flaming building. Discovering there are children inside a flaming building, Johnny and Pony risk their lives for them. “I told them not to play in the church…I told them…” (91). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero journeys into a physical or psychological unknown. In the Outsiders, The Initiation starts when Pony and Johnny decide to save the children whose lives are in danger. This was a big risk they were taking, because their actions will prove if their a hero or a Dally. By saving the kids and choosing to be a hero he passes the first test of The Initiation.

Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when Pony fears that he will have to leave Darry and Sodapop. For being involved with a murder and running away with the killer, Pony fears that the court might send him away to a Boy’s Home. Pony says, “You mean I swallowed hard. That they’re thinking about putting me and Soda in a Boy’s Home or something?” (108). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero experiences a low point where he must do battle with his external fear. The fear must die to make way for courage, enlightenment, and independence. Finally, the hero experiences a dramatic change in the way he views life and learns to become “one” with his new self. In the Outsiders, The Initiation is continued when Pony enters the Abyss where he fears that for being involved in a murder he would go to a Boy’s Home. Pony later goes through The Transformation by going to the rumble against the Socs, but he does not want to fight, because he wonders what’s the points of fighting. Pony’s Revelation is when he asks Soda if he asked for Darry when he was delusional, because it shows he now cares for Darry. The Atonement begins Pony starts caring for Soda and Darry, because now he starting to care less for himself and more for others.

Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when Pony reads Johnny’s letter and then writes a book. After Johnny dies in the hospital right after the Socs and Greasers rumbled and Dally gets shot by the police, Pony finds Johnny’s death letter in a copy of Gone with the Wind. Pony narrates “The should be some help, someone should tell them before it was too late”(179). In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday Life when the hero returns to everyday life. However, the hero typically returns with a “gift”- leadership, enlightenment, acceptance, etc. With his struggle over, the hero can focus on “giving back” to the world. In the Outsiders, The Return to Everyday Life starts when Pony finds Johnny’s death letter and writes a book to all the Dallys in the world. This shows that Pony has brought the gift of wisdom of selflessness and equality to the Dallys so they can learn not to be selfish and not to stereotype people. For returning from his quest and bringing a gift to the world, Pony Returned to Everyday Life.

In conclusion, Pony’s Hero’s Journey gave him the knowledge of being selfless and equality in the world. In the Separation from the Known Johnny kills Bob, in The Initiation Pony entered a flaming building and showed if he’s a hero or a Dally, in the second part of the Initiation Pony fears he would be put in a Boy’s Home, and in the Return to Everyday Life Pony read Johnny’s letter then writes a book. It is possible someone could be an alien from another planet, or have the power to change gravity, 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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