"Do not judge so that you will not be judged" (Matthew 7:1).

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Lauren’s comment made me realize that Fitzgerald’s story, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", was really about society more than Bernice or Marjorie.  His story starts by informing the reader that: “The main function of the balcony was critical. It occasionally showed grudging admiration, but never approval.”  The rest of the story focuses on people’s judgments of Bernice and hers of them.  She won’t pay certain boys any heed if they are not popular; she views Marjorie as a bad girl.  So in turn, Bernice is judged, and given the label of boring.  Lauren emphasizes “how the smallest details can affect a someone's opinion of a person.”  This hypercritical nature of people exists today as well.  Really Fitzgerald’s story almost seems to me to be a moralistic story centered on the Biblical passage of: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1).  Fitzgerald’s short story may have been written more as a social commentary of his time, but the beauty of it is that we continue to have these problems today, whether in biblical times, the 1920s, or 2008.   

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