Zoe Sid

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

My Essay Reflection

Reflection questions

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

In the beginning of the year my writing was out of order, sloppy, and lots, misspelled words, and not too many details.

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

Now I feel i'm strong in getting down the main idea for whatever we're writing about.

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

I am very weak with CUPS which I need to really work on because not everything is going to be typed and auto-corrected.

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

I liked the novel because it changed the way I now look at things and makes me rethink some of my thoughts.

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

The Outsiders/Hero’s Journey Zoe Sid

5/6/14 7

Hero’s Journey. The first thing a person might think of is a superhero. Well this has nothing to do with Batman, Superman, or Spiderman. This has to do with superheroes with super powers. A hero is like Ponyboy Curtis goes through a Hero’s Journey. With no superpowers at the end the end of the Journey, Ponyboy will return with a gift as a normal person. In the realistic fiction fiction novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the main character Ponyboy Curtis goes on a Hero’s Journey. He does this because he travels through the three required phases of a monomyth.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when he receives guidance from Dally. When Ponyboy and Johnny get in trouble they go to Dally for help. Dally helps Ponyboy and Johnny hide from the police. “‘Hop the three-fifteen freight to Windrixville,’ Dally instructed. ‘There’s an old abandoned church on top of Jay Mountain. There’s a pump in back so don’t worry about water. Buy a weeks supply of food as soon as you get there... Get going!’ He messed up Johnny’s hair.’Take care kid.’ He said softly. ‘Sure Dally, thanks.’And we ran into the darkness”(61-62). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the known is when the hero steps out of his or her comfort zone and starts their Journey The hero usually feels disconnected with their situation, wanting to restore some type of honor or justice and sudden, traumatic event causing action. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy experiences the separation from the known when he receives guidance from Dally. Dally directs them to a hideout to help them hide from the police. When Pony and Johnny go of into the dark to find this hideout, they are leaving a known area and their comfort zone. They are also trusting Dally their threshold guardian who gives them guidance and direction.

Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when the church starts to burn down. The church where he and Johnny are hiding burns down. ‘“I’ll get them, don’t worry!’ I started at a dead run for the church, and the man caught my arm. ‘I’ll get them. You kids stay out!’ I jerked loose and ran on”(91). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero faces challenges, struggles, tests, and ordeals either physically or psychologically. In The Outsiders, when Ponyboy starts the Initiation he is watching the church burn down and hears that there are kids inside the burning church. He reacts by running into the church and saving the kids. This is physically hard for him because it is a burning hell and the air is full of smoke. This is also psychologically hard for him because Johnny his friend gets hurt after he pushes him out.

Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when he reacts to the deaths of his “family members” around him. Ponyboy reacts to the deaths happening around him. Pony narrates the death of Johnny in the after he dies in the hospital. Then after Johnny’s death Ponyboy watches Dally die at the park where the police shoot him for stealing. “A tough, towheaded boy with a cigarette in his mouth and a bitter grin on his face. Remembering-and this time it didn’t hurt-a quiet, defeated-looking sixteen-year-old whose hair needed cutting badly and who had black eyes with a frightened expression to them”(179-180). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero has to find courage and independence to continue his or her’s journey. In The Outsiders, the death of Johnny and Dally are causing Pony to react in a way that changes his perspective of the the world and other people. He feels like someone should tell their prospective in the world and how they look at other people.

Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when he starts to take a new perspective on the other people and the world. After Johnny and Dally Ponyboy is at home looking back at what has just happen to him. He does this because he has to write a essay for school and is trying to find a topic. “There should be some help, someone should tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn’t be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore”(179). In The Outsiders, Ponyboy Returns to Everyday Life when he has to write an essay. He thinks about what caused it all. This changes his perspective on other people and the way he looks at other people. He wants people to change their perspective of Greasers and Socs and what it’s like to be in their shoes. His gift is a theme that is trying to change the way people look at eachother.

In conclusion Ponyboy Curtis travels through the three steps of The Hero’s Journey that creates a monomyth. Through out the book, Ponyboy experiences the three phases of The Hero’s Journey. He first experiences The Separation from the Known when he receives guidance from Dally. Next he experiences The Initiation when he see’s the church burning down and reacts to the deaths of his family members around him. Lastly he Returns to Everyday Life when he takes a new perspective on other people and the world. The Hero’s Journey can happen to anyone. People just need to be prepared for the challenges they will face. They do not need to become part of a lab experiment and become an American hero or get struck by lightning. This does not guarantee someone will gain superpowers doing this but it does guarantee that someone will return with a gift. Not a physical item but a trait like wisdom, leadership, or enlightenment.

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