Jaylah Davenport Acosta

"The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay"

My Essay Reflection

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

My writing at the beginning of the year had no detail and took me a lot of time to finish. Now I can write an essay quicker while it still contains lots of details.

2.)What do you consider your writing strengths?

I think my writing strengths would be that I'm very organized and I stay on topic through out the essay.

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

I would like to improve on my description to make my message much more clear. I would also like to have my paragraphs expand.

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

I like reading this book because I connected with some of the characters in this book. It made you feel like you knew the characters in real life.

"The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay"

The Outsiders/Hero’s Journey Jaylah Davenport-Acosta

5/5/14 Period 1


When people think of hero's they think of people with special powers. Such as Spiderman, Captain America, and all those super people. However, people do not look at the average day hero. This hero cannot climb walls, or fly.This hero’s name is Ponyboy Curtis who goes in a hero’s journey to bring a gift that others do not have. 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 phases of a monomyth.

Ponyboy experiences the Separation from the Known when Pony gets slapped by Darry.The narrator states “Darry wheeled around and slapped me so hard that it knocked me against the door”(44). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero experiences a traumatic event that causes him to feel discontent with his current situation feeling that something is lacking in his life. In The Outsiders, the separation from the Known occurs when darry slaps Pony for staying out late.This shows that Pony is in phase 1 of the Hero’s Journey because a sudden change that causes action is the definition of this part. When Pony runs away he goes to Johnny to calm down. The Socs then arrive with the goal of getting revenge on them for taking their girlfriends. They began to drown Pony, Pony blacks out and wakes up to a dead Bob.

Ponyboy experiences the Initiation when the hero is put into a physical or psychological unknown and faces challenges and fears. After Pony runs away with Johnny because Johnny kills Bob. They go to Dally for advice. “We figured you could get us out if anyone could” (59). In the Hero’s Journey the first part of the Initiation is when the hero is put into a physical or psychological unknown and faces challenges. After Pony runs away with Johnny they go to Dally for advice. Dally tells them that they should catch the train to an abandoned church out in the country where they will be. This is showing that Dally is his threshold guardian by giving him objects such as money, and a gun for his journey. Pony is leaving the known which is his city and to the unknown which is the country.This shows that Pony is in phase 2 because he is experiencing fears of his lost of freedom and his family.

Ponyboy continues the Initiation when his best friend Johnny dies. Pony and Johnny go into a burning building to save some kids from the building.They did this because they felt that it was there fault that the fire took place. Johnny is hurt severely and is taken to the hospital. The narrator states “He was burned pretty severely”(95). In the hero’s journey, the second part of the Initiation is when the hero experiences a low point where he must battle with his greatest fear. In The Outsiders Ponyboy continues to experience the Initiation when Johnny, his best friend dies. Pony and Johnny go into a burning building to save some kids. Johnny is then burned severely. Pony is facing his worst fear of losing his best friend Johnny because Pony feels that Johnny was one of the few to actually understand him. He also is facing his worst fear by losing another person when he already lost his parents in a car accident.

Ponyboy experiences the return to Everyday life when he returns to his everyday life and brings a gift of wisdom or a different look on life. Pony then recovers from his traumatic experience of both his friends, Dally and Johnny, dieing. He then writes the book which is his gift. The narrator states “Remembering a handsome, dark boy with a reckless grin and a hot temper” (179). In the Hero’s Journey, the return to everyday life when the hero returns to his everyday life and brings a gift of wisdom. In The Outsiders Ponyboy experiences The return to Everyday life is when he returns to his everyday life and brings a gift of wisdom or a different look on life. Pony recovers from his his traumatic experience of both his friends dying. Pony’s new perspective has changed the way he looks on life from a black and white world to a multicolored world.He then begins the book to show the perspective of both an insider and outsider. This shows that Pony is in phase 3 because he is returning with wisdom and now finished with the Hero’s Journey.

In conclusion Ponyboy goes through the Hero’s Journey to come out with a gift. Ponyboy faces challenges and gears of losing his freedom and family. He must face these fears head on and come out with a gift.It is possible someone could find the hardest metal in the world that no one could break, 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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