Compare And Contrast Bernice Bobs Her Hair And A White Heron

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“Bernice Bobs Her Hair” and “A White Heron” In Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Bernice has an ultimate goal to change her appearance as a way to fit into the modern world, while in A White Heron Sylvie wants to protect the natural world from the hands of men from the outside world. The contrast between these two characters shows how innocence can be easily influenced.

In Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Long hair symbolizes feminism and beauty, but bobbed hair represents is more of a wild and unmoral hairstyle. This hairstyle is meant for improper women and was considered masculine and was performed on a men’s barber shop, not a women’s salon. Even when Bernice is asked by G. Reece, “Do you …show more content…

Her youth and innocence are emphasised by her relaxed nature- ‘Sylvia had all the time there was.’ ( ). However, when Sylvia sees a hunter walking in the woods, she is easily startled, but is also distracted by his handsome features as she takes him into her home. Sylvia is able to put aside her love for the natural world and is more focused on impressing the hunter. Even though Sylvia is too young for the hunter this is the first time that she's developed a crush. The passage states, “She had never seen anybody so charming and delightful; the woman's heart, asleep in the child, was vaguely thrilled by a dream of love.” (. ). Because this hunter loves the birds and can share interesting facts about how they live, Sylvia is able to enjoys being in his company and when he asks for Sylvia's help to find the white heron, She is more than eager to. For example the passage states, “What a spirit of adventure, what wild ambition! What fancied triumph and delight and glory for the later morning when she could make known the secret! It was almost too great for the childish heart to bear.” ( )
Sylvia is extremely excited that she will be able to impress the handsome handsome hunter with her navigation skills and knowledge of the woods that will help lead them to the Heron. She is proud of having such great knowledge to impart. However, later in the story Sylvia is able to show her loyalty in not revealing …show more content…

The importance of popularity to Bernice is shown by her willingness to change her personality in order to fit in with Marjorie’s friends. During this time period, society becomes more materialistic and only cares about appearances. Marjorie considers that girls in the modern world should be, “....” (Fitzelgerald …) Bernice is pressured and is trying to fit into a society that she feels uncomfortable in. Eventually she does attempt to conform and change, but people are still challenging her seriousness to this change. During the dance Warren realizes a change in Bernice as the passage states, “Next time Bernice danced near, Warren regarded her intently. Yes, she was pretty, distinctly pretty; and to-night her face seemed really vivacious…He remembered that he had thought her pretty when she first came to town, before he had realized that she was dull. Too bad she was dull – dull girls unbearable – certainly pretty though” (Fitzlegerald...). For the first time, Warren is able to take a real good look at Bernice up close and notices a change in her. There is also a significant change with here she's actually having fun at this dance. But even if Bernice were to stay as her true self or conform to those around her, someone is still unhappy with her. The fact that Bernice follows Marjorie’s advice, without really

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