Explain the Resolution. Write a response in which you explain the resolution of one or more of the conflicts you explored in your rising action response. In your second paragraph, explain why you are either satisfied or unsatisfied with the resolution.
Is your self-esteem over the roof, or is it as small as a grain of sand? Do you value what others think of you, or do you ignore it completely? Leo Borlock’s life has been entirely altered when Stargirl crashed in. In the beginning, they were “swinging hands for all the world to see” (Spinelli 86), disregarding what other’s judgements were. However, as days passed, an uncomfortable atmosphere surrounded them. Leo soon realized that everywhere he went, students bypassed him, dared not to speak to him or even look at him in the eye. Leo “knew exactly what [he] had done. [He] had linked [himself] to an unpopular person. That was [his] crime” (132).
He couldn’t endure the shunning alone so he went to find Archie, an old professor that teaches and communicates with children. Understandingly and solemnly, Archie asked, “Whose affection do you value more, hers or the others?” (128). This is when the interior conflict is identified, and the anxiety within Leo intensifies: “I became angry. I resented having to choose. I refused to choose. I imagined my life without her and without them, and I didn’t like it either way” (128).
Towards the end, Leo made his decision. Girl or others? Girl or others? Girl or others? [spoiler alert!] He chose others. Like Stargirl’s prediction, Leo didn’t ask her to the school prom nor did he ever spoke or saw her again. His way of dealing with this problem was to leave, to leave and pretend nothing happened.
Stargirl is one of a kind. I have never read about such a contrastive character with such impenetrable characteristics. Her actions are bizarre, original and strange. Maybe this was why the students in Mica High were reluctant to tolerate her existence. Or maybe even afraid of her! Personally, I am unsatisfied with the resolution. This is because in the beginning, there was a prologue describing Leo receiving a porcupine necktie four years ago. Later on, he found out Stargirl was actually the mysterious giver. The author should have elaborated more on this symbol and describe its impact on Leo and his life in the future.
Secondly, the resolution didn’t express a powerful theme. To me, it passed on a negative theme, communicating maybe standing out isn’t such a great thing. Stargirl was obviously unique, however, our last glimpse of her was her being broken-hearted. Leo chose to be part of the majority because he didn’t want to be different than others and he was doing just fine.
Lastly, I think Jerry Spinelli could have explained why Stargirl behaves the way she behaves. Like wind, Stargirl came and gone. “[Students] wanted to define her, to wrap her up as [they] did each other” (11) but away she flew, even now, the reader is left in puzzlement. Fortunately, he has written a sequel to this book called Love, Stargirl, so Stargirl’s fascinating story hasn’t ended.