Two of the themes in Star Girl are conformity and individuality. Keeping this in mind, what is the significance of the following passage?  "Then in one day after school I followed her. I kept...

Two of the themes in Star Girl are conformity and individuality. Keeping this in mind, what is the significance of the following passage? 

"Then in one day after school I followed her. I kept at a safe distance. Since she was known not to take the bus, I expected the walk to be short. It wasn't. We trekked all over Mica, past hundreds of grassless stone-and-cactus front yards, through the Tudorized shopping center, skirting the electrons business park around which the city had been invented a mere fifteen years before."

1 Answer | Add Yours

kcoleman2016's profile pic

kcoleman2016 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted on

To fully understand this question, let's define a few terms: 

Theme: the subject, main concept, or topic of a piece

Conformity: behavior that is in accordance with socially accepted standards and rules 

Individuality: the quality or character of a person that distinguishes him or her from others of the same kind

Now we can look at this passage and its significance: 

"she was not known to take the bus": Star Girl's actions are non-conformist to the degree that they draw the attention of other characters; people notice that she does not take the bus. 

"I expected the walk to be short. It wasn't": The stark difference between the narrator and the individualistic girl he is following is highlighted by what he, a typical citizen, would expect and what she, a non-conformist, actually does. 

"hundreds of grassless stone-and-cactus front yards": Her individualism is highlighted by the fact that they go past houses all decorated in the same way--they are literally bypassing conformity. 

We’ve answered 318,957 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question