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Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F Scott Fitzgerald teaches a very important lesson about superficial popularity and the cruel pressures which demand that individuals conform to the standards of a social set It was interesting to watch the development of the main character a quiet passive person who longed for popularity then found it then lost it and finally became strong and independent The story is about an eighteen-year old girl named Bernice who is visiting her snobbish cousin Marjorie At first Bernice is considered boring and dull by Marjorie and her friends because she cant make witty conversation and doesnt dress fashionably Bernice finally agrees to let Marjorie teach her how to be popular According to Marjories superficial formula for popularity conversation must be carefully planned and rehearsed in order to shock and amuse the audience For conversational purposes Marjorie suggests that Bernice use the topic of bobbing her hair In 1920 when the story was written short hair was a daring new fashion adopted by only the most adventurous women and it had the power to shock the average person Jealous of Bernices new popularity Marjorie sets a trap for Bernice by calling her bluff on the hair bob Although the new hair style was immensely unflattering to Bernice and her popularity evaporated immediately the bob unleashed a strong independent side of her character Bernice decided to leave her cousins house and go home but before she left she snipped off Marjories long blonde braids The two most important characters in this story are Bernice and Marjorie The theme of superficial popularity and social pressure is conveyed through the contrast and development of the two characters and the changes in their relationship Bernice was quiet socially awkward and pretty with dark hair and high color but she was no fun on a party Her vivacious and popular cousin Marjorie besides having a fairylike face and a dazzling bewildering tongue was already
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