`` Bernice Bobs Her Hair `` By F. Scott Fitzgerald And ' Where Are You Going, Where

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“Bernice Bobs Her Hair” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates are stories about two different teenage women, despite living in different eras and different social classes, who seek to change who they are because society tells them to. “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is during the transition from the Victorian era into the jazz age, where women began to gain their social independence and the women’s suffrage movement, also known as “the first wave”. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” focus’ on a time during the sexual revolution when women were becoming more sexually promiscuous and finally have sole responsibility and power over their fertility. Fitzgerald and Oates use their characters in the stories to portray the struggles that women have toward the equality of men and (trying) to find what their roles are within society. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joyce Carol Oates uses symbolism to portray their characters’, Bernice in “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” and Connie in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, struggles that women face during the Women’s Liberation and the sexual revolution.
History proves that men and women struggle with self-identity, which is portrayed throughout literature within symbolism. Before World War I, women were known to be feminine with long hair that was held in a bun on top of their hair. After the [war] the women 's suffrage movement started and shortly following the 19th Amendment, where women…

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