Plot: what takes place in a story. The first plot I chose was the one from the Hot Seat episode, starring Stargirl. Everyone turned against her, and after that incident, nobody spoke to her. “The jurors laughed. They were a mob. Hands grabbed at the mike. Kevin looked anxiously at me. I could do nothing. With all the buttons and switches at my command, I was helpless to change anything on the other side of the glass. “Why can’t you be normal?” “Why do you wanna be so different?” “Yeah– is something wrong with us, you gotta be so different?” “Why don’t you wear make-up?” They were all standing now, jabbing, jutting, shouting, whether they had the mike or not.” (Page 67) This quote shows how they don’t like Stargirl. They don’t like the fact that she wants to be different. This leads to other problems later in the book.
“ We were walking side by side. That’s when I noticed. No one spoke to us. No one nodded to us. No one smiled at us. No one looked at us. A crowded stairway, and no shoulder, no sleeve brushed us.” “Mostly what I noticed were the eyes. Faces turned up from the step below, but the eyes never connected with us. They went right through us as if they were gamma rays.” (Page 96) I chose this quote because this is what started the whole shunning. This is what caused Leo to make the mistake of trying to change Stargirl, and Stargirl to change to Susan.
“ I did not see her for the rest of the weekend. By Monday she was Stargirl again. Floor-length skirt. Ribbons in her hair. Just like that.” (Page 161) This quote is the resolution because it shows how Stargirl went back to being herself, instead of someone she didn’t want to be. This is important to the story because if she didn’t stop being Susan, she would’ve lost Dori as a friend, and she wouldn’t have acted the way she did at the Ocotillo Ball.
Setting: The place and time period where the story takes place. The most important setting in Stargirl is at Mica High School because that’s where Leo Borlock meets Stargirl Caraway. Mica Area High School is in Arizona, near a desert, where all the other settings happen to branch off of. MHS is where all the drama in Stargirl’s life takes place. This is where the Hillari Kimble scandal began, where all the people in MHS began to show their true colors, where they all began to ignore Stargirl for being herself. This is where it all takes place. This whole story takes place in past tense, and Leo tells the story.
Character: a person or object represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story). Stargirl is the main character in this story. Everyone tries to put a label on her, but they never get passed weird, strange, or goofy. She always left them puzzled, and questioning if she was real or not. She’s different, she’s friendly, and she doesn’t let anyone get to her. She acts like herself. Different, Bold, Puzzling “We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not seem to get past “weird” and “strange” and “goofy.” Her ways always knocked us off balance. A single word seemed to hover in the cloudless sky over the school: HUH?” (Page 11) “On the second day she wore bright-red baggy shorts with a bib and shoulder straps – overall shorts. Her sandy hair was pulled back into twin plaited pigtails, each tied with a bright-red ribbon. A rouge smudge appled each cheek, and she had even dabbed some oversized freckles on her face. She looked like Heidi. Or Bo Peep.” (Page 8) I chose these quotes because they describe Stargirl’s character, and her looks. It shows that she’s not afraid to be different. She’s weird to them, and she confuses them by her everyday actions.
Indifferent , “…we all wore the same clothes, talked the same way, ate the same food, listened to the same music.” (Page 10) -I chose this quote because it described how Leo acted. Which was indifferent. It also sort of described how Leo looked. Mean , “I pulled back. I was tempted to say, Well, I hope you’re satisfied, because they hate you for what you did , but I didn’t have the heart.” (Page 136) -This quote shows that Leo is starting to think their way, and starting to see Stargirl as a nuisance. He’s starting to think mean thoughts. One-sided , “’Stargirl, you just can’t do things the way you do. If you weren’t stuck in home school all you life, you’d understand. You can’t just wake up in the morning and say you don’t care what the rest of the world thinks.” (Page 136) -This quote shows that Leo is acting one-sided because he doesn’t consider the other possibilities, he just assumes there is only one way to do things.
“ At sixty-seven he moved himself and his bones west…” (Page 30) I chose this one because it said how old he is, which is sort of a physical description. Wise, Unprejudiced “He stared at Kevin. “On the contrary, she is one of us. Most decidedly. She is us more then we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were.” (Page 32) This quote shows that he is wise and unprejudiced because he didn’t judge Stargirl like Kevin did, and he is wise because he doesn’t judge her. Confusing “Archie talked that way sometimes, in riddles. We didn’t always know what he was saying…” (Page 32) This quote shows that he’s confusing, because he speaks and riddles, and not everyone can understand them.
Theme – Main idea or lesson learned. Can’t have names or places. -Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. “’She’s not real,” Hillari said. She was sneering. “She’s an actress. It’s a scam.’” (Page 7) This quote shows that Hillari believed she was fake, before she knew her. These are themes for the novel because everyone was judging Stargirl, and labeling her.
-Don’t fret on other’s opinions. “So what? I kept telling myself. What do you care? You never speak to each other. What’s Renshaw to you? But I did care. I couldn’t help myself from caring. At that moment, there was nothing more I wanted in the world that a nod from Renshaw.” (Page 132) Leo worried so much about other’s opinions that he became obsessed. He changed Stargirl to Susan, just so he could feel accepted. This is important to the story because after Stargirl became Susan, she was less happy.
-Sometimes you don’t always get what you want. “It was she who said it first: “They still don’t like me.” … As usual, people were passing by as if we weren’t there.” (Page 142) Stargirl treated others nicely, she wanted to be treated nicely in return. She didn’t get what she asked for though. This is a theme for this novel because it describes how Stargirl didn’t get her way by being herself, by being nice, until the end of the novel.
Conflict: Problem in the story The main conflict in this story is probably between Hillari Kimble and Stargirl Caraway. Hillari doesn’t like the fact that Stargirl is trying to be different. Hillari used to rule the school and now she’s nothing more then every other girl. She doesn’t like that. She does everything she can to get Stargirl to leave so she can be popular again. “Hillari Kimble walked up to Stargirl and said, “You ruin everything.” And she slapped her.” (Page 175) This quote is one of the conflicts because Hillari hit Stargirl. “’I’m going to tell you something, girl. You’re goofy. You’re crazy.” Hillari was standing, jabbing her finger at Stargirl, chewing on the mike.” (Page 66) This quote shows conflict because this is where Hillari finally gets to say what she truly wanted to, to Stargirl. After this, it just gets worse. Until the resolution, of course.
Solution: The way the conflict is solved Stargirl gave up being different once. After a while, Leo and Stargirl realized the shunning would never stop, no mater what Stargirl tried. At the end, everyone stops shunning Stargirl and Leo, besides Hillari. Stargirl leaves the school after Hillari slaps her at the Ocotillo Ball. Stargirl forgives Hillari for all the devious things she did, even after she slapped her. After everyone graduated, the school changed. It was now diversified. It even had a ‘Sunflowers’ club. Leo never went to the reunions, but he got updates from Archie. He always wonders what could have been. “…and that was the last any of us ever saw of her.” (Page 175) This is part of the solution because Stargirl leaves, just like Hillari wanted. “Guy Greco struck the downbeat three final times – hop-hop-hop – and the two lines collided at the gate in a frenzy of hugs and shrieks and kisses.” (Page 175) Stargirl led almost everyone on the bunny hop, which says they stopped shunning her, and accepted her.
Mood: What is created in words to have a reader feel a certain feeling “The episode that became known as Hillari’s Hoax took place in her sophomore year, when she tried out for cheerleading. Her face and her and figure were right enough, and surely she had the mouth ---- she made the squad easily. And then she stunned everyone by turning it down. She said she wanted to prove that she could do it. She said she had no intention of yammering and bouncing in front of empty bleachers (which was usually the case). And anyway, she hated sports.” (Page 19) This quote shows that Hillari is jealous of the fact that Stargirl is more popular then her, so she decided to go out and prove to the school that she could do everything like Stargirl could.
“ Don’t, Hillari!” Suddenly Hillari dropped it. Someone screamed, but the rat fell only to the floor at Hillari’s feet. She sent Stargirl a final sneer and left.” (Page 37) This quote shows the hatred that Hillari feels towards Stargirl, she figured by pretending to drop Cinnamon, she could get Stargirl to stop trying to be different and ruining her popularity. This scared Stargirl.
“ And in fact, when Stargirl finally moved, Hillari winced and shut her eyes. But it was lips that touched her, not the palm of a hand. Stargirl kissed her gently on the cheek.” (Page 175) This is a shock because they (The crowd and Hillari) were expecting Stargirl to slap her back, not kiss her on the cheek.