Max Klein

The Outsiders/ Hero's Journey Essay

My Essay Reflection

1. I feel that though out this year my writing skills have improved a bit.

2. I am not that good at writing at first, but once I get going on certain subject I can write well.

3. I want to be able to improve next year how well I spell and began writing.

4. My favorite thing about this novel is the twist at the end of how Pony wrote his own book.

The Outsiders/ Hero's Journey

              When most people think of a hero, people might think of a sportstar. Someone who hits home runs, score touchdowns, scores a winning point. However there are other people like Ponyboy Curtis who are heros to. Ponyboy goes through a Hero's Journey, a Monomyth. A Monomyth is a journey with three stages. 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 required phases of a monomyth.

           Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when he accompanies Jonney to the killing of of a Social. After being jumped by Socs, Pony regains consciousness in the park Johnny tells him something startling, “‘I killed him,’ he said slowly” (56). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero is forced to leave the known world and go into the the mystery of the unknown. The hero often feels discontent about his current situation. Often something traumatic happens to bring the hero out of the known. In The Outsiders, when Johnny kill Bob the Soc it is a traumatic event that forces Pony to go into the unknown. He feels that if he stays he would be arrested for murder and put in the reformatory. So he runs away to the country. As he jumps off the train he literally goes through the threshold And into the unknown.

             Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when he is forced to live in a strange place, a church in the middle of nowhere, to escape the feds. When Pony woke up in the morning he could not remember where he was. Pony narrates, “You know how it is, when you wake up in a strange place and wonder where in the world you are, until memory comes rushing over you in a wave” (68). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero journeys into the physical or psychological unknown. Othen the protagonist comes across challenges. In The Outsiders, when Pony does not know where he is. This is a literal unknown if he is not knowing where the is. This is both a physical and mental unknown as it is a strange place and Pony does not know where he is. The country around is a strange place and the house is creepy.

          Pony continues to experience The Initiation when he came to be able see things differently. When Pony falls sick after a concussion because of a rumble, Darry cares for him. He brings him and Soda soap in bed, Pony narrates “He crawled over me (Soda) and flopped down before and before Darry came back in with the soup we were both asleep” (160). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of The Initiation is when the hero goes to his hardest challenge (The Abyss). He changes how he does things (The Transformation). After that he become a different person (The Revelation and The Atonement). In The Outsiders, Pony finally learns to love his brothers and make peace. When Pony falls asleep it indicates that he at peace with his life, his brothers and even the Socs. He accepts Darry as loving him and asks if called out for him while unconscious.

           Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when he gets better and more capable. Right before Pony recovers Pony looks through Soda’s old yearbook and sees Bob the Soc’s picture and thinks, “A reckless, hot-tempered boy, cocky and scared stiff at the same time” (162). In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday Life is when the hero return to his everyday life with a gift. The gift can be physical or psychological. In The Outsiders, Pony returns to everyday life with a gift. His gift is a book to explain the Greasers. It Is also to keep Greasers from going bad and hard with no feelings. It is to create peace between both Socs and Greasers by using both perspectives. It is of his journey.

           In conclusion, Ponyboy Curtis went through the three stages of Hero Journey making a Monomyth. First Pony gets separated from the known at the murder of Bob the Soc and goes to the unknown. Then during the first part of The Initiation, Pony has challenges in the unknown. In the second part of The Initiation Pony transforms into a new him. At The Return to Everyday Life, Pony writes a book to help everyone. Pony is not the kind of hero that comes to the top head. He does not hit grand slams, scores touchdowns or make buzzer beaters. However he is still a hero despite this.

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