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Fitzgerald, ''Bernice Bobs Her Hair'' (online) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

""At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide."

After reading "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" I remembered why I always felt girls had it harder. Although Marjorie was not very nice to Bernice about her apperance and attitude I genuinely thought that she was trying to help her improve those skills. But on the contrary she destroyed Bernice by convincing her to bob her hair. I feel that at sometimes we do look at our convictions from the hill, but now as I have grown I think I am slowly moving into the valley looking for my cave. I really felt bad for Bernice in this story but I did appreciate the clever style for which we are tricked into thinking she is being helped until the bobbing actually occured.


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Margaret Jones:

Bethany, I am glad that you used that particular quote for this blog because I used it for mine as well for the purpose I was unsure of what it meant. However, now I completely understand with what Fitzgerald was saying there and I totally agree with you when you say that we do sometimes look at our convictions from a hill but I too am starting to look for the cave as well.

That is an interesting way of looking at that, and I fully agree. So much more does seem to be expected of girls than guys...especially when it comes to appearance.

As for the whole thing with Marjorie, it is clever how the author does trick us. I will admit, however, I never really did like her, but my dislike just grew even more after the bobbing incident.

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