Stargirl Hillari Kimble Descriptive Essay

 

3. Elusive:4. Tudor:

Figurative Language:Idiom: An expression that means something totally different thanwhat it says.

Page 14. “The rat she brought to school was only the tip of the iceberg.”1. What does the underlined idiom mean?

Simile: Compares two things using the words like or as.

Pages 13-14. “We both thought the prickly pear cactus looked like Ping-Pongpaddles with whiskers, and that saguaros looked like dinosaur mittens.”2. What things are being compared with these similes?3. Why are these similes effective?

Metaphor: Compares two things by calling one thing another; sayingone thing IS another thing that it cannot literally be.

Page 15. “She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl.”4. Underline the metaphors.5. What is being compared with these metaphors?

Personification: Non-humans are given human traits or attributes(like trees, animals, items, etc).

Page 18. “The sun lay down behind the mountains.”6. What is being personified in this sentence?

Oxymoron: Putting two contradictory words together Examples: hotice, wise fool. Read the following passage:

“What could I say? That Parr was a worthy subject precisely because he didnothing, because he was so monumentally good at doing nothing? I had onlyvague insight, not the words. I just shrugged.”7. Underline the words in the passage that form an oxymoron.

Comprehension Questions:

1. How is Stargirl different from a butterfly?2. What are Hillari Kimble’s three claims to fame?

Chapters 5 and 6

Vocabulary:1. Blithely:2. Converge:

Comprehension Questions:

Hillari Kimble

Character Analysis

Ladies and Gentlemen, may we introduce the Evil Queen of Mica High: Hillari Kimble.

Okay, maybe we're being a bit harsh, but really, Hillari is just plain not nice. It is only moments after Stargirl's arrival at school when Hillari starts being mean. She wastes no time in telling everyone that "she's not real" (2.7). To Hillari, Stargirl is just too confident to actually be genuine. The idea that such a girl could be comfortable in her own skin makes no sense to Miss Kimble.

We never learn the motivating factor behind Hillari's nastiness to Stargirl, because we don't know much about her at all. All we know, in fact, is that she hates Stargirl. Shmoop, though, is never afraid to hazard a few guesses: Maybe Hillari is insecure in her position in the school and sees Stargirl as some kind of threat. Maybe it's because everyone pays attention to Stargirl now, instead of Hillari. Or maybe she's just nasty, plain and simple.

Often, that last theory seems to be the most convincing. Hillari is an all-around jerk to Stargirl, and she never changes course. Let's take a look at some of her meanest deeds:

  • She spreads all sorts of rumors about who Stargirl is and where she comes from.
  • She puts up a fuss before her birthday and tells Stargirl not to sing to her after lunch.
  • She is ruthlessly mean to her when Stargirl appears on the television program "Hot Seat."
  • She delights and smirks when the school starts shunning Stargirl.
  • She takes off her shoe and beats a cookie that Stargirl gives her with it.
  • She slaps Stargirl at the Ocotillo Ball. Not. Cool.

There is an upside to Hillari's put-downs. In many ways, Hillari is there to emphasize Stargirl's kindness. Even though Stargirl is so ridiculously mean, Stargirl is relentlessly kind to her tormentor. This is really clear after the slap at the dance. In response to the slap, Stargirl gently kisses Hillari on the cheek. In Shmoop's book, that's a point in Stargirl's column, because she simply refuses to stoop to Hillari's level.

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