To quote Oscar Wilde, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” I’ve been thinking about this observation for some time now. So I’ve done a little research into the literary symbolism of a woman cutting her hair. You see, I’ve been restless and pondering what defines me. I’m thinking it’s time to spice things up a bit. I’m about to make a cut.
There is no universal implication about a woman cutting her hair in literature. In some instances, a woman’s hair is cut without her consent as a way to symbolize defeat, imprisonment, lost vitality, and even illness or death. In other instances, a woman cuts her own hair as an act of defiance, upheaval, or significant change. One thing is certain, a woman’s character is often defined by her hair. I’m astounded at the literary implications.
Writing prompt: What stereotypes surface when a character has long, straight blonde hair? Or red curls? What is the difference between these images? Do you use these stereotypes in your writing? Can you challenge yourself to write complex, intelligent, strong women without conforming to these norms? I certainly hope so.
As for me, I don’t know if there is significance in my desire for a new do, but I’m excited by the potential. I am embarking on a sort of personal journey and I’m tired of the tangles.