Summary Of Short Story 'The Girl With Bangs' By Zadie Smith

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Campbell 1
Robyn Campbell
Professor Johnson
English 102
February 18, 2014
Baffling Beauty In the short story “The Girl with Bangs” by Zadie Smith, Charlotte Greaves is portrayed as a round character. Charlotte has multiple things going on in her life that she reacts to positively and negatively. She knows what she wants but gets it not caring who she hurts in the process. An example of this given by the author is “This promise she gave him, but he was still gone, and gone is gone, and that 's where I came in” (272). Charlotte is promiscuous and usually gets what she wants. She has several affairs throughout the story. Charlotte acts unpredictably. “He married her after she 'd shaved her head that afternoon just to spite us” (274). Few people, especially women, would act impetuous and impulsive when it comes to features. She did this rebellious act to prove she was independent and strong minded still.
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It doesn 't seem she cares about school or the people that she hurts. She only cares about being close to someone at all times. “ Any book I gave her she treated like a kid treats a Christmas present---fascination for a day and then the quick pall of boredom; by the end of the week it was flung across the room and submerged” (272).This showed that Charlotte cared about only what she wanted to at certain times. In that case, the people that had relations with her got hurt. Charlotte remained the same towards the end of the story in that she had already hurt two people 's feelings but was in the process of hurting someone else as well. “The guy was some other guy that she 'd been sleeping with on the days when she wasn 't with me” (274). Once again Charlotte 's selfish side rose again. She did this act not caring who was hurt in the

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