Personal Narrative Essay On The Outsiders
E. Hinton, I couldn’t help but connect with young narrator Ponyboy Curtis. His life is nearly identical to mine. He excels at sports and gets excellent marks on his schoolwork, but his family dogs him when he doesn’t always use his head. He’s empathetic and caring, which helps him develop lasting relationships. He’s also more of a passive individual, who chooses to talk things out rather than get into a sparring match. Although we both lack common sense, we have an observational nature about us that allows us to pay attention to detail and learn from our mistakes.
Reading Ponyboy’s story gave me comfort with who I am. I realized through his maturity and development throughout the novel that a lack of common sense isn’t always a bad thing, it’s rather necessary for growth. Ponyboy taught me that it’s okay to not be perfect, and to embrace what makes me unique. I have a newfound sense of pride with my identity and I don’t see mistakes as setbacks but instead as a chance to learn and better myself for the future. I thank Ponyboy Curtis, and I thank S. E. Hinton, for these valuable life lessons that made me into the man I am