AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 4 I am admittedly not a huge fan of Fitzgeralds work, although I can and do appreciate his sharp wit that informs observations and commentary about behavior and motivations. I cannot help but think that his advice did contain some of the lesson that is visited on both cousins at the end, and presenting a story with such a clever conclusion, slightly devious and wholly appropriate for the character of Bernice was satisfying. The narration provided by Lee Ann Howlett presented the story and the characters in a cleanly presented form: small tonal distinctions delineated the characters from one another and the narrative in a well-modulated presentation. Finely nuanced inflections provide verbal clues to the attitudes and personalities of the characters, from hesitancy to offhanded bravado, each was a perfectly voiced addition to the written text. This is one of the stories that become the definition of a classic short: the setting is nearly a century prior, but the characters and people are real and easy to relate to with a modern eye. I received an audiobook copy of the story from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review at the Heard Word.

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Background[ edit ] The story was based on letters which a nineteen-year-old Fitzgerald sent to his fourteen-year-old [2] sister Annabel. At the Saturday-night dances , none of the handsome boys wish to dance with or speak to Bernice, and Marjorie feels that Bernice is a drag on her social life. Indian women all just sat round and never said anything.

Marjorie teaches Bernice how to hold interesting conversations, how to flirt with unattractive boys to make herself seem more desirable, and how to dance. Charley Paulson? Warren, who lives across the street, has been in love with Marjorie since childhood but she consistently neglects him. When it becomes clear that Warren has shifted his romantic attentions from Marjorie to Bernice, a vindictive Marjorie sets about publicly humiliating Bernice by tricking her into going through with bobbing her hair.

To prove Marjorie wrong, Bernice consents to be taken to a barbershop by Warren, Marjorie, and a coterie of admirers. Deciding it would be best to leave the town before the party the next day, Bernice packs her trunk in the middle of the night and plans to leave on the next train after midnight. Shelley Duvall starred in a later adaptation. The short story has been adapted twice for television.

The story was again made into a television production in for PBS. Brooke for The Dramatic Publishing Company.


“Bernice Bobs Her Hair”

Unfortunately for Marjorie Harvey, her dull cousin Bernice is visiting for a month. Even though Marjorie is one of the most popular girls in town, nobody wants to hang out with poor Bernice, whose conversation is mostly limited to painfully awkward inquiries about the weather. The next morning, the truth comes out — Bernice tells Marjorie that she heard everything that her cousin said the previous night, and a terrible fight ensues. The lessons begin immediately, and by the next week, Bernice is ready for action.


Bernice Bobs Her Hair

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 collection that features "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is actually titled Flappers and Philosophers , a label that immediately announces its subject matter. Fitzgerald strove to faithfully and entertainingly depict the changing face of youth in his time; the women are envisioned as forward-thinking, revolutionary "flappers" slang for the kind of new, fast-talking, Charleston-dancing, jazz-listening, leg-baring gal that emerged at this time , while the men, who either narrowly missed or survived the horrors of World War I , are labeled "philosophers. She learns the ABCs of popularity, and quickly becomes popular herself. Soon enough, the student eclipses the master; the queen bee is disturbed and seeks vengeance which then backfires on her.


Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald we have the theme of identity, acceptance, popularity, betrayal, jealousy and rejection. Taken from his The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Fitzgerald may be exploring the theme of popularity. Fitzgerald also appears to be exploring the theme of rejection. At the party at the beginning of the story , it is left to Otis to dance with Bernice, none of the other boys have taken any interest in Bernice and even Otis is tired of dancing with her, jokingly telling Warren that he has the piece of wood two by four so that he can knock Bernice out.



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