American Lit, 1915-Present (2005)

27 Jan 2005
Fitzgerald, ''Bernice Bobs Her Hair''


I really enjoyed this story. The movie did not really do it justice. Of the 3 we just read it was my favorite. There was one line that really stuck out in my mind.
"At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look at forty-five they are caves in which we hide."
I consider this line to be particularly profound. It really sums up the theme of youthfulness verses maturity that is central to the story. (more about this in my close reading) Teenage life may have been different in the 20s but the concerns of a young mind remain the same; popularity, acceptance by the opposite sex, obsession with appearance and being attractive. The characters were so familiar to me because I think back to when I was in high school and I knew these characters personally, in fact in ways, I was one of them. The idea that parents can't possibly understand their children's generation goes along with the mentality of youth. No young person believes their parents have the slightest clue about what life is about. However parents are sitting there in their "caves" saying "been there done that". While many things do change with time, there is more continuity than we realize when we are young. It is not until after we reach our peaks and descend the other side that we realize some of these things for ourselves.

Posted by: Mary Anderson at February 2, 2005 12:17 AM

Well, this is second time that I am reading, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." I think it was a great story written by Fitzgerald and it teaches a great story. I feel that no matter how you are or where you come from you will always feel like you don't belong once in your life. I felt that this is the way Bernice felt and it was because of her cousin. It's a shame that people have to feel this way because no one is better then anyone-they just think that they are. This short story shows a great example of how people you surround yourself with, will play a part of who you are. bernice was a nice, shy person but once she stayed around with her cousin she became mean at the end. I am not saying that her cousin didn't mean it, but she def. acted in a way that I would of never thought she would.

This was a good story to read when we first got into college because it opens our eyes to alot of truth. Bernice should not of been so depended on her cousin and in the edn she learned that. Everyone will become their own person it just takes some people longer than others. by the end of the story I believe that Bernice acted just fine. yes, it was inapporpriate but it was worth it. She was tortured and ridiculed by her cousin and her cousins' friends. If anything, it helped Bernice, but it also opened her cousins' eyes and maybe she learned a lesson also- she was the one that needed it the most.

Posted by: Gina Burgese at February 28, 2005 12:55 PM