Soon enough, the student eclipses the master; the queen bee is disturbed and seeks vengeance which then backfires on her. When it becomes clear that Warren has shifted his interest from Marjorie to Bernice, Marjorie sets about humiliating Bernice by tricking her into going through with bobbing her hair.
A popular girl, she says, uses "lines," startling and slightly naughty conversation-openers. Summary[ edit ] The story concerns Bernice, a wealthy girl from Eau Claire, Wisconsinwho goes to visit her cousin Marjorie for the month of August.
It was adapted into a musical by Adam Gwon and Julia Jordan. The boy who once adored her, Warren MacIntyre, is now paying attention only to Bernice. Background[ edit ] The story was based on letters Fitzgerald sent to his younger sister, Annabel, advising her on how to be more attractive to young men.
Name[ edit ] The name of the title character echoes that of Berenice II of Egyptwhose legendary sacrifice of her golden tresses resulted in the victory of her husband in war and the gods giving her an honor; her tresses being placed into the heavens, as the constellation Coma Berenices.
Knowing that she has gotten back at Marjorie, Bernice laughs gleefully. The result is a disaster. Late that night, humiliated Bernice packs her bags and leaves.
Soon, the newly confident Bernice is surrounded by fascinated boys. Next time Bernice uses her bobbed-hair line, Marjorie challenges her: But not before she takes her revenge.
The concept of femininity is central to both works; they ask us to question our expectations of girls and girlhood, and to reevaluate what makes women the way they are. Angry and jealous, Marjorie hatches a plan.
Scott Fitzgerald was a famously fast-living kind of guy, and his works of fiction document the lives of young, hip people like him. The next morning, Bernice threatens to leave town, but when Marjorie is unfazed, Bernice relents and agrees to let Marjorie turn her into a society girl.
The conclusion spoken in Mean Girls, unspoken in "Bernice" is that no strict definition of femininity can do any good — any concept of an ideal woman causes nothing but competition, jealousy, and flat-out trouble, regardless of how you define it.
The collection that features "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is actually titled Flappers and Philosophersa label that immediately announces its subject matter.
However, we can take some consolation in the moral of Mean Girls — hopefully, all of the diverse definitions of womanhood will someday be equally accepted, and will be able to coexist peacefully.
The upstart triumphs in the end, and the social order is ultimately shaken up. The boys suddenly lose interest in her, and Bernice realizes that she was tricked.
Well, since this is a guide on "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," we certainly hope it does. She has to prove that her "line" is not a line. Bernice, deciding it would be best to leave the town before the party the next day, packs her trunk in the middle of the night and decides to leave on a train at 1 a.
While Marjorie sleeps, Bernice "scalps" her selfish cousin, cutting off her long, luxurious blonde braids.Bernice Bobs Her Hair () F. Scott Fitzgerald () Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 Full. 1 BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR by F.
Scott Fitzgerald After dark on Saturday night one could stand on the first tee of the golf-course and see the country-club windows as a. Cover illustration for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flappers and Philosophers (), depicting a scene from “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” In nineteen-year-old Scott Fitzgerald sent a ten-page letter to his fourteen-year-old sister Annabel, offering advice on how to become popular in society.
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ORR Home. > Texts > Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald > Texts > Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Bernice, a shy young woman, leaves her safe home to go visit her flapper cousin. When her cousin tries to teach Bernice how to be much more modern, Bernice gives her much more than she bargained for.
Read F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale of the jazz era and female competition and take this short quiz.
Study Questions: F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” Through the character of Marjorie, does Fitzgerald paint a flattering picture of the flapper?
Is she a misguided, superficial flirt or a proto-feminist?Download