Scott Fitzgerald we have the theme of identity, acceptance, popularity, betrayal, jealousy and rejection. Taken from his The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Fitzgerald may be exploring the theme of popularity. Fitzgerald also appears to be exploring the theme of rejection.
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Scott Fitzgerald we have the theme of identity, acceptance, popularity, betrayal, jealousy and rejection. Taken from his The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Fitzgerald may be exploring the theme of popularity.
Fitzgerald also appears to be exploring the theme of rejection. At the party at the beginning of the story , it is left to Otis to dance with Bernice, none of the other boys have taken any interest in Bernice and even Otis is tired of dancing with her, jokingly telling Warren that he has the piece of wood two by four so that he can knock Bernice out. The idea of rejection is a little more noticeable in the barber shop, after Bernice has gotten her hair cut.
By rejecting Bernice, it is also possible that Fitzgerald is highlighting the importance of social acceptance and popularity to Warren.
There is also a sense that Marjorie is betraying Bernice. Having previously been her mentor in order for Bernice to gain popularity , Marjorie tricks Bernice into bobbing her hair knowing that it will only result in Bernice being ostracised by the other characters in the story such is the social stigma associated with a girl bobbing her hair.
This betrayal appears to stem from the fact that Warren has begun to show an interest in Bernice. Where previously Warren had focused his attention unsuccessfully on Marjorie, he now when Bernice becomes popular, focuses on Bernice. By having Marjorie betray Bernice it is also possible that Fitzgerald is highlighting the social competition that existed at the time the story was written and possibly still today between young girls, particularly when vying for the attention of a boy.
The ending of the story is also interesting. Rather by returning to Eau Claire she is returning to a world where she is already accepted by others and does not need to change who she is. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. Scott Fitzgerald. The Sitting Bee, 4 Apr. Related Posts:.
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Unfortunately for Marjorie Harvey, her dull cousin Bernice is visiting for a month. Even though Marjorie is one of the most popular girls in town, nobody wants to hang out with poor Bernice, whose conversation is mostly limited to painfully awkward inquiries about the weather. The next morning, the truth comes out — Bernice tells Marjorie that she heard everything that her cousin said the previous night, and a terrible fight ensues. The lessons begin immediately, and by the next week, Bernice is ready for action. She immediately makes a splash by announcing that she intends to bob her hair. Embarrassed and caught up in the moment, Bernice agrees to get her hair cut that very day, in front of all of her new friends. Bernice leaves town triumphantly.
Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Background[ edit ] The story was based on letters which a nineteen-year-old Fitzgerald sent to his fourteen-year-old  sister Annabel. At the Saturday-night dances , none of the handsome boys wish to dance with or speak to Bernice, and Marjorie feels that Bernice is a drag on her social life. Indian women all just sat round and never said anything. Marjorie teaches Bernice how to hold interesting conversations, how to flirt with unattractive boys to make herself seem more desirable, and how to dance. Charley Paulson? Warren, who lives across the street, has been in love with Marjorie since childhood but she consistently neglects him. When it becomes clear that Warren has shifted his romantic attentions from Marjorie to Bernice, a vindictive Marjorie sets about publicly humiliating Bernice by tricking her into going through with bobbing her hair.