Our class read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We were asked to write a five paragraph essay about a character we think we are most like. To do this, we had to study the character very carefully to make sure we didn’t miss anything. The character I chose was Two-Bit. I think what I did well was explaining what Two-Bit is like and finding quotes to go along with it. I think the hardest part was finding quotes that went along with the essay. During this essay, I learned how to embed quotes and use the “Bing Bang Bongo” technique for writing an essay. This has taught me many things that I will use in the future… embedding quotes and writing a five paragraph essay.
The Comedy of Two-Bit
Comedy is when someone brings laughter when there is tension. When someone is comical, they say something funny to make others feel better. People who are comical tell jokes and funny stories, do crazy tricks, create strange faces, perform in front of crowds, and make people laugh. Some comical people are actors, comedians, friends, and classmates. Two-Bit is comical in the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Two-Bit is comical after the Socs attack Ponyboy. Ponyboy is walking home alone when he is attacked. He has many cuts on his neck when the rest of the gang finds him. Even though everyone is still worried, Two-Bit sees humor out of it. He makes the gang come together through jokes. In the book, Ponyboy says, “’Didya catch ‘em?’” Two-Bit says, “‘Nup. They got away this time the dirty…’ and Ponyboy thinks, “Two-Bit went on cheerfully, calling the Socs every name he could think of or make up.” (Page 12) This shows that Two-Bit is comical all of the time, even in stress. He is easygoing and always makes sure to make everyone feel cheerful. Two-Bit is being carefree when something bad happens shows that he is comical.
In addition, Two-Bit’s comedy is apparent when he does acrobatics off of the front porch before the big rumble. When the gang is leaving to go, they are worried about what is going to happen. They don’t know whether they or the Socs will win. The whole gang is tense except for Two-Bit. In the book, Two-Bit says, “’ Welup… I see we are in prime condition for a rumble. Is everybody happy?’ ‘Yeah!’ screamed Soda as he too did a flying somersault off the steps.” (Page 135) This shows that he has a positive attitude all day. He gets everyone ready and excited for anything to come. He makes the whole gang laugh, and that shows that he is comical.
Finally, Two-Bit’s comedy shows the most when he surprises Ponyboy and Johnny at the movie theater with Cherry Vallance and her friend Marcia. He sneaks up on them and pretends to be a Soc. Ponyboy and Johnny are scared, but when they see it is Two-Bit, they laugh. Ponyboy observes, “We were all four sitting there in silence when suddenly a strong hand came down on Johnny’s shoulder and another on mine and in a deep voice said, ‘Okay, greasers, you’ve had it.’… I looked fearfully over my shoulder and there was Two-Bit, grinning like a Chessy cat.” (Page 27) This shows that Two-Bit is creative when it comes to making jokes. He knows just what to say. Two-Bit will do almost anything to make his friends laugh.
Comedy is an important quality to have. Without people that are comical, the world and everything in it would be different. People would be glum, everything would be the same, and no one would laugh. We should appreciate that there are comical people around us, but there are times when you shouldn’t be comical. You shouldn’t be comical when you are at a funeral or when a family member is in the hospital. Sometimes it is best not to say anything funny. Two-Bit Mathews is comical in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. He is comical when he insults the Socs after Ponyboy is attacked, comical when does acrobatics off of the front porch before that rumble, and comical when he scares Ponyboy and Johnny at the movie theater. Sometimes I am comical. I always try to be cheerful and funny when my friends are not happy or are not feeling well. It makes me feel horrible when people are glum and not having fun. Sometimes I am not comical, though. There are times when I am too tired or sad to be funny. I have promised myself that I will be comical no matter what happens.