Summary Of Zadie Smith's Girl With Bangs

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A round character is one that has the rational intentions of a human being within them. It is one that reveals the complexity of human nature and portrays a real image on a human ins Society. A round character expresses conflict within the plot of the story as well as within him or herself. In the story Girl with Bangs, the author Zadie Smith uses the theme of love and the question of what are the factors of falling in love to explore the human nature and condition of need and romanticism. By the use of the characters’ relationships and desires, the story explores human nature of topics of sexuality, sexual orientation, relationships, the way humans interact, and the nature of human instinct. In Zadie Smith’s Girl with Bangs, the narrator …show more content…
Her constant struggle with her feelings of falling in love allows the readers to question the human instinct to persuade one to fall in love with one who is undeniably wrong. The question of love taking over all other feelings and rational thoughts comes into play when analyzing and exploring the narrator 's character. The narrator believes that “Charlotte was empathetically bad news, requiring only eight months to take me entirely apart” (188). And although the narrator did feel this disgust towards Charlotte, there is a sense of security that he narrator has. The narrator expresses her emotion by reassuring the reader “not [to] forget about the bangs” (190). She describes her feeling as if the security of the bangs makes every insecurity about the relationship vanish. The narrator is unable to escape Charlotte and her feelings. The feeling of being trapped strengthens the comfort and security that the narrator appears to be feeling. These feelings of fulfillment, pressure, and security provokes questions and thought about human nature. Why do humans do the things they do? Why does one find security in the situations that can break apart and leave one so …show more content…
The narrator struggles with the idea of love, and questions what love means. Is love a real feeling, or is it an attraction to someone based on looks and intriguing personality? The narrator is fathomed by her mysterious figure and personality. She questions her sexuality and role in the relationship by discovering that she must play the role of the boy in the relationship to win Charlotte’s heart. She “became a boy for the duration. [she] stood under her window with open arms. [she] did all the boy tricks” (189). The narrator seems to struggle with acting as the fairy-tale lover for Charlotte. She plays all the “tricks” to win Charlotte’s heart, to feel secure herself. But is she secure and being herself if she needs to change into the role of the boy of the relationship? This provokes thought about human nature to change oneself for another. How can one be safe and feel at home in a relationship if one has to play a different part other than themselves? By questioning this, the narrator becomes a character taken over by self-doubt and

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