Bernice Bobs Her Hair Essay

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In the short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” by Scott Fitzgerald, Bernice is pressured to be like others and to conform to society’s changing morals. Peer pressure put on by her cousin, Marjorie, and from society causes Bernice to become insecure and unsure of herself. The stresses of peer pressure are the reason that Bernice trades her important moral choices for those of the ever changing society. This results in a further understanding of peer pressure as a negative and positive tool. Marjorie pressures Bernice to change the way she looks, acts, and talks so that she can become more “popular”. Consequentially, the peer pressure drives Bernice to bob her hair, an action that is not ...view middle of the document...

” You can see her slight hesitation about the changes that she may be forced to make but is steadfast in her decision to try to make those changes. Marjorie begins to critique Bernice’s behavior and makes changes. Bernice, through the intense peer pressure brought upon by Marjorie and society, becomes a changed person. She becomes more confident and boys actually want to talk and dance with her, “With the feeling that people really enjoyed looking at her and listening to her came the foundation of self-confidence” (Negri,222). She became more self-assured and understood herself better than she had before. Along with being pressured into this newly found self-confidence she was also pressured in a negative way.
Peer pressure can also be seen in a positive way because it taught Bernice a lesson by the end of the story about being your own person. In the beginning of the story Bernice was a timid and unsure person who just wanted to fit it with the “popular” crowd. This is shown through her tears over the fact that Marjorie criticized her. If she was confident in herself she wouldn’t care about what others thought of her. As the story moved along she became more charming but was still unsure of herself because she knew she was telling lies to get people to like her. The bluff about her bobbing her hair was almost the only reason that boys began to like her. By the end of the story, after Bernice gets her hair bobbed, Marjorie sits down and tells Bernice to not let the hair worry her and Bernice responds with, "I won't." That is when Bernice gains high self-esteem because she begins to realize that bobbing her hair made her more mature and modern. She also becomes more self-assured because although it was peer pressure that caused her to cut her hair, it was also peer pressure that allowed her to become a more confident person. The revelation leads to Bernice’s decision to cut Marjorie's braids and proves to Marjorie that Bernice getting her hair cut didn’t ruin her so it shouldn’t ruin Marjorie. We know though that Marjorie won’t be able to handle getting her hair cut because the way that everyone else acts after Bernice bobs hers. Especially when Bernice asks if they like it,” There was a half-hearted "Sure" from two or three voices” (Negri,227). Marjorie wouldn’t be able to handle the looks that Bernice got either, ”Then for an instant his eyes rested...

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