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by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl Identity Quotes

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Quote #4

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 knocked us off balance (2. 40).

Why do all the Mica kids want to "wrap her up"? What's up with that? Is it because if we label someone then we are comfortable because we have imposed some sort of "control" over something that is not really controllable?

Quote #5

She was not truly a cheerleader, but Stargirl dressed like one (5.15).

Even when Stargirl becomes a member of a group (and you can't get much more in than the cheerleading squad), she is not defined by it. She isn't Stargirl The Cheerleader. She is Stargirl, who happens to cheerlead on occasion. See the difference?

Quote #6

"She's homeschooled, you know. Her mother brought her to me. I guess she wanted a break from playing teacher. One day a week. Four, five—yes, five years now."

Kevin pointed. "You created her!"

Archie smiled, puffed. "No, that was done long before me" (7.19-21).

By accusing Archie of creating Stargirl, Kevin clearly shows his beliefs about identity. He believes that people are a product of their environment; that they are made by the people around them. Archie, however, thinks otherwise. He thinks her identity was created long before he met her. How long before? Was Stargirl's identity created when, say, humans were made from stars?

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