“Bernice Bobs Her Hair” Essay

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Teenagers are young, naïve and impressionable. They are also insecure and usually sometimes unable to express themselves so they put others down. They are pressured daily to do things they really don’t want to do. They often find themselves doing something they said they would never do. Because of the influence of those around them, they are trying to cover their insecurities by saying things to make others feel bad about themselves. The traits above describe the two main characters in the short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”. Both Bernice and Marjorie are young teens dealing with the pressure of being popular and fitting in. Bernice, being the quieter, shyer girl, deals with trying to fit in in a place she feels she doesn’t belong.…show more content…
Bernice subjects herself to changing her appearance and mannerisms to what the people around her think is cool or hip. As a teen myself, I can relate to Bernice. I have often changed how I act and dress to get along with the people around me. When I was friends with a modest group of girls, I gradually found myself dressing more modestly. When I was around girls who wore a lot of makeup, I found myself also caking on eyeliner, lip-gloss and foundation. Teenagers want to fit in; we want to be a part of a whole. Bernice wanted to be a part of the community around her, as I also wanted to be a part of a society around me. The pressure to be a certain way can make a teen act differently. And since they have insecurities, they are desperate to find a way to feel normal, to fit in. . Bernice’s cousin, Marjorie, is the socialite of her town. The Queen Bee. All the girls want to be her; all the guys want to be with her. She has Warren, her unofficial boyfriend, wrapped around her finger. But everyone cannot see the real Marjorie, Her true insecure side. They don’t understand that she puts them down to make her feel better about herself, trying to make herself feel superior. Marjorie is putting on a front to give the idea that she is happy and perfect. Underneath, she is a cold and jealous person. She is the one pressuring Bernice, not knowing that it is the way she copes with her own insecurities. Marjorie, although more confident than Bernice, also shows

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