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Either you think or else others have to think for you and take power from you pervert and discipline your natural tastes and civilize and sterilize you This quote spoken by F Scott Fitzgerald plays an important role in some of Fitzgeralds most popular short stories Although Fitzgeralds stories vary significantly many of the same literary themes and ideas are used throughout the short stories Fitzgerald depicts many of his characters as having insecurities that help shape the stories These insecurities show up many times in Fitzgeralds stories In F Scott Fitzgeralds short stories he shows the characters insecurities through the characterization of the characters who are struggling the most the reason for the characters insecurities through the glamorous settings he portrays and the many conflicts that come with having insecurities through the plot of the stories Throughout the short stories Bernice Bobs Her Hair The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Fitzgerald portrays his characters insecurities through the characterization of the protagonist In Bernice Bobs Her Hair the main character Bernice has the desire to be noticed This insecurity makes Bernice do things that are out of her comfort zone For example when she says Do you think I ought to bob my hair Mr Charley Paulson she is going out of her comfort zone by bringing up the topic of bobbing her hair to get people to notice her Fitzgerald may portray Bernice as having the desire to be noticed because his first literary works were not very successful and like Bernice he wants to be noticed Also in the story The Diamond as Big as the Ritz the main character John Unger like most of Fitzgeralds protagonists has a major insecurity His insecurity is the desire to be different John comes from a small town in Mississippi and all his life he has tried to befriend the wealthy people Although he likes being
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