Big Blonde is a short story concerning Mrs. Hazel Morse, a former model who is fast approaching middle age. Set in the 1920s, the story examines Hazel’s hasty marriage; after marrying a man who liked her because she was so vivacious and liked to go out drinking, Hazel discovers that being married allows her to relax and not have to be a “good sport” all the time. However, her husband and friends think otherwise. This story explores themes of physical beauty and society’s expectations toward women.

Summary of Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker

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