In Jerry Spinelli’s novel, Stargirl, Leo Borlock, the protagonist, occasionally has been perceived as a jerk. This idea was evidenced by many examples from the book, such as the conversation between Stargirl and him regarding her popularity. Furthermore, Leo had previously been educating Stargirl on the norms of high school, and he was specifically explaining his opinion on appropriate behavior when assembling in groups. He claimed that every member should resemble the others. When Stargirl acquired why she needs to change herself to accomplish this, Leo cruely replies, “Because nobody likes you...
Stargirl was a new 10th grader at Mica High School. Attending Mica High was a new experience for Stargirl, since she was homeschooled before. Startgirl had her own sense of style that was different from the other students at Mica High. She wore dresses that covered her shoes and tights with lady bug and the sun printed on the fabric. Her personality was like the sun on her tights, she was friendly and looks on the bright side of things.
People or peers who act ‘weird’ can confirm even when people are too nervous to join a group. Conformity will not always lead to happiness because it can make you feel alone or unaccepted. You may feel dark, unaccompanied, even solitary. In Stargirl, many sporty, smart, silent students can feel the same way. They will confirm when they are in a group or even by themselves.
People know that Stargirl is different, Stargirl teaches me that being myself is perfect. She wears different clothes, she meditates, she does what makes her content and from my knowledge teenagers don’t usually do those things. In a way I am a Stargirl, I don’t do all the things that Stargirl does, because I am different in my own way. When Stargirl came into the cafeteria, she was different and stood out.
Our world has many different people with different beliefs, thoughts, and personalities. S.E. Hinton’s book, The Outsiders, shows this. Some characters are Socs and some are Greasers; some are admirable and some are reprehensible. In The Outsiders, the most admirable character is Sodapop. Sodapop is an admirable character because he is filled with positively warm energy that makes people feel good and he is an understanding person.
Dr. Temperance Brennan is the main character of the television show, Bones. In this show she is a forensic anthropologist who works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by identifying injuries on a victim’s bones. The work of her and her team eventually lead the FBI to catching a murderer. She is a tall Caucasian woman with strawberry blond hair and green eyes; herself and others often refer to her as an attractive person. She is considered to be extremely intelligent, but has a difficult time reading social cues, understanding popular culture references, and empathizing with others.
Tina Fey’s book Bossypants caught many by storm. This amazing comedian started from the bottom and worked her way to the top. From working at a theater to becoming one of the best to appear on one of America’s favorite television shows Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey has become one of the biggest women’s advocates. This came immediately after Mrs. Fey released her book Bossypants. In this book, she discusses many lessons and past experiences with her audience.
Stargirl and Wonder are two different books about being accepted in modern day society. Stargirl is about a highschool girl who is unique and “different” and shows it with clothes and accessory choice. Wonder however, is about a boy who has unfortunate facial deformities. But, in both novels, the author is trying to teach us that everything isn’t always on the outside, and sometimes, you have to look beneath their outward appearance.
Be yourself! That is what I learned when I read the story Stargirl after comprehending the theme of staying true to oneself. In the novel Stargirl, the main character Stargirl came to Mica Area High School as a person whose personality was different from everyone else's. She refused to conform with the rest of her peers, which completely inspired me to not hide my true self at school. After reading this story, it seemed better for not only Stargirl but also the rest of the people in her life for Stargirl to remain true to herself and stay different.
On The Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan, and written by Budd Schulberg tells a story about a group of labor racketeers in Hoboken, New Jersey. Terry Malloy, one of the main characters, works for the union head and at the end of the movie is faced with a tough decision to either testify in court against his friends and become a so called “rat”, or do the wrong thing and disappoint his lover Edie. Terry portrays himself having a tough exterior, yet he is extremely conflicted and vulnerable on the inside. A common theme throughout this movie are pigeons and I believe they symbolize who Terry Malloy is as a character. Birds are known for being confined in cages and are restricted from spreading their wings to fly.
“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena, Scholastic philosopher and theologian. In my opinion, being oneself is greater than copying those who have been successful, for the achievements are yours and no one else’s; in addition, remaining true to yourself is essential since you find who you truly are and who you are meant to be. For starters, it is crucial to be yourself because each time you look at a mirror, you distinguish your own self, no one else. For instance, in Jerry Spinelli's, “Stargirl” the main character is forced to change and be like those around her, and they try to manipulate her personality by forcing her to be normal.
In the book Stargirl by: Jerry Spinelli, a girl named Stargirl comes into her first day of 10th grade at MAHS in Phoenix, Arizona. It is her first year in a public school because she used to get homeschooled. On the second day of school Stargirl meets Hillari Kimple. Hillari is the popular girl who now thinks that Stargirl is a scam being perpetrated against Student Body with government. When people say why would you think that she says to increase school spirit.
In the movie The Breakfast Club all the characters have their own personality, but actually have a lot in common. Claire is your typical popular girl that everyone dislikes or strives to be just like. She's spoiled, rich, and some say she's conceited. She's considered the "princess" of the group. Underneath all that however, she has beliefs and morals that she strongly believes in.