Big Blonde Study Guide

Big Blonde

Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker

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.

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