Joshua Kasevich

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? I would describe my writing at the begining of the year as not bad but not good. Now I feel that it is getting a lot better.

2. What do you consider your writing strengths? I think my strengths are knowing how to form a paragraph .

3. What are your writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? I want to develop my grammar.

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

I liked the action in the book

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey Essay

The Outsiders Hero’s Journey Joshua Kasevich

5/5/14 Per. 2

When most people think of the word hero, they think of Superman, and Batman. People think this because the movies show that superheroes are heros that have superpowers and save the world. However, this is not the only type of hero, heros can be people that go through the steps and phases of the Hero’s Journey, like Ponyboy Curtis. In the realistic fiction novel The Outsiders main character Ponyboy going through all the steps and phases of a Hero’s Journey: Separation from the Known, Initiation, and Return to Everyday Life. Ponyboy did not do it for fame and glory, he did it to find out who he is.

Ponyboy experiences the Separation from the Known when Johnny and Ponyboy decide to run away. In the Hero's Journey the Separation from the Known is when the hero leaves his comfort zone and enters the darkness of the unknown. The hero feels discontent with his current situation. The hero seeks justice and help from the threshold guardian. In The Outsiders Ponyboy feels discontent with his life when his older brother Darry hits him after Pony came home late. This pushes Pony off the proverbial cliff which causes him to run away from home with Johnny.Soon they come across some Socs who only want trouble. As the Socs are hopping out of their fancy car at the fountain, Johnny and Pony are waiting to see what will happen. They all end up getting into a fatal fight. Pony was being beat up and almost drown but that is when Johnny kills Bob the Soc to save his buddy. After Johnny kills the Soc Bob, Johnny is in shock, “‘I killed him’ Johnny said, ‘I killed that boy”’(56). Pony is going through the Separation of the Known. He is leaving his unhappy home yet he has no idea where he will go or what will happen.

The next phase of the Hero’s Journey is the Initiation Pony experiences the initiation when he gets forced to bleach his hair and give it a haircut to keep his identity a secret. When Johnny starts to cut Pony’s hair Pony flips out and yells, “ Oh, No!’ My hand flew to my hair. ‘Not my hair”’(71). He needs not to be found by the Socs, or the police. This was so important to Pony because his hair was his greaser trademark; when he loses his hair he is losing a part of himself. He does not know who he is after he loses it. This first part of the Initiation is a change for Pony from his trademark self.

Pony experiences the second part of the Initiation when Johnny is in the hospital in life or death condition, and Pony is scared that he will lose his best bud. Johnny is just clinging on to life. Pony trying to stay “tuff” said, “You ain’t gonna die.’ I said trying to hold my voice down”(122). The second part of the Initiation is when the hero must battle with his greatest internal or external fear. In The Outsiders, Pony was very worried about his best friend Johnny. He tries to act like a greaser and be “tuff” but the reality is that Pony is frightened and in an abyss. In the Hero's Journey the abyss is the low point for the hero.

In the Hero's Journey, the Return to Everyday Life is when the hero the hero conquers his troubles and returns with a gift.Pony experiences the Return to Everyday Life when he realises who he really is, and when he returns. He realized he was not scared anymore, “ I didn’t feel anything---scared, mad, or anything. Just zero”(145). In The Outsiders Pony is more ready than ever to live life in a new way now knowing who he really is. He knows what he is meant for. He even returns he has a gift. The gift he has is the novel The Outsiders. The book is narrated by Pony and it is his story.

In conclusion, Ponyboy Curtis, the main character, goes on his own Hero's Journey. Even though the superheroes in movies have special powers they are not the only heroes in our world. Anybody can go on a Hero’s Journey they just have to go through the steps and phases of a hero’s journey.

The Outsiders

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