Dorothy Parker's Short Stories Essay

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Dorothy Parker's Short Stories

Dorothy Parker’s writings are connected to her life in many ways. She grew up in a time where women’s roles where changing in society. She spent most of her life in New York City and most of her stories setting are of that city. She was married young and divorced in a short time, just as the Hazel in The Big Blonde. She was outgoing, sarcastic, and witty in a time when women were supposed to be docile. This style is shown throughout her work but particularly in The Waltz, where the status quo is displayed through the character’s conversation and Parker’s ideals are made known through the woman’s inter monologue. She combats a typical stereotype through mocking, in The Standard of Living. In this
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Men liked you because you were fun, and when they liked you they took you out, and there you were. So, and successfully, she was fun. She was a good sport. Men liked a good sport.(The Big Blonde)

Because she was a “good sport” she marries Herbie Morse. He lacks intelligence and is very brash. He wants a women to give him self worth. He wants someone to laugh at his jokes and admire him unconditionally. He married Hazel because he believes she is this type of girl. Once Hazel is married she does not put on this “good sport” façade anymore. “Wedded and relaxed, she poured her tears freely. To her who had laughed so much, crying was delicious.”(The Big Blonde) Upon his discovery that Hazel is more than just a big blonde, Herbie grows distant and angry. He usually comes home falling-down drunk, if he comes home at all. He eventually leaves her. Hazel becomes friends with a woman who moves into the flat across the hall by the name of Mrs. Martin. She has an “admirer” and he frequents her flat and brings his friends, “the boys” over occasionally. One of “the boys” names is Ed, and Hazel and him become close. They have a relationship. It wasn’t a close one. She doesn’t think of him when he is not around. They start to frequent an establishment called Jimmy’s, where she meets men and women in the same situation as her and Ed. Jimmy’s is the classic 1920s speak-easy, a converted

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