The Theme Of Nonconformity In 'Stargirl'

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Celebrated for its theme of nonconformity, Stargirl only proves that while people might try to stand out and do what they wish to, rather than what society wishes for them to do, the change is not easy to perceive and will of course be seen with some contempt to gradually be deemed ‘okay’ and yet not as something mundane, but something they have to get used to. Although in the end we see of the novel that their school did change their ways, during the course of the novel there had been many times when they gladly accepted the change, but had gone back to their own ways the next day. The Cry for Individuality in Contemporary Literature Some of the most celebrated authors among teens are John Green and Rainbow Rowell who made important…show more content…
And while it is so, Stargirl not only brings the theme of nonconformity, but also highlights the point that the theme of nonconformity is still only written and heard, and not progressed upon. The idea still to a large extent remains in books and forgotten in articles and movies, with how the idea was still a taboo twenty years ago, and is still considered a taboo topic for discussions today. This can be confirmed with the changes that society had tried to accommodate regarding feminism, sexual orientation, mixed ethnicity, immigration and some other such topics that are usually mentioned in books, made movies or written articles upon, but seldom are employed, for example how women are still considered less than men, how people who aren’t heterosexual outcasted or tortured in the society, how people who are mixed are often not accepted completely by either of their ethnic groups or how in countries such as USA immigrants are hated and asked to go back to their own countries. Through these issues we see that people are still not ready to accept change, and try rigidly to implement what they have learned about normality from their ancestors and refuse to change their idea, treating it like ‘langue’ when in fact it is…show more content…
Everyone is still afraid to accommodate a change in their lives out of fear of failure, and of the fear of the unknown, the same reason why at one time people were afraid of science and of travelling. Because our brains expect certain things to be the same, like the ‘langue’ because otherwise the sentence will not make sense to us, we often believe anything which is dissimilar to what we are taught is a deviation of reality, an abnormality, like how the Orient is viewed by the European or the Western scholars, a deviation from themselves. Stargirl has only highlighted why people are afraid of change and how they react to change. The Final Verdict Understanding all that there is to the beliefs regarding regular or normal, Stargirl breaks through to remind people that not everyone in the society can be similar, and that while change is a necessary evil, it depends upon the perception of people. In the epilogue to Stargirl, titled Love, Stargirl, we come to understand the changes that her school made after her, how there was an aura of happiness in the environment with the following of Stargirl’s behaviour in school, and the understanding that in the end one has to change for the better or the
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