Each of them describes how the girl confronts all the hardships and difficulties in her life in order to be. Apples, potatoes, cabbages, carrots make lumpy stacks, but you are sleek as a seal hauled out in the winter sun. Her turned up putty nose represents her artificial, but perfect, self. The poem, Barbie Doll, signifies what happens to women and anyone other minorities, who are oppressed and have pressure exerted on them from society. It is sad to see that this poem was written in 1969 by Marge Piercy and forty one yeas later we realize that nothing has changed and the same barriers still exist.
Clothing is not designed for women of whose warm and flagrant bodies you are a swelling part. There are now dolls that represent multiple ethnicities, males, different age groups, different abilities, different lifestyles, etc. Download file to see next pages Read More. Though she did not fit into the mold of what society called beauty, she was smart a quality that her critics overlooked. He insists that he is better than she is, due to his sheer power in physical activity. Why should we punish each other with scorn as if to have a large ass were worse than being greedy or mean? While the owner attempts a final few minutes of sleep the cat is ready to move on.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs. There are four stanzas for each stage of her life; a child, a teenager, an adult and after she is dead. I think we, as girls, can all vouch that Barbie dolls were all the rage and so much fun when we were younger, and even when our grandmother. She went to and fro apologizing. It shows that she should learn how to cook and iron in order to be a woman. He is worth more due to his knowledge, physical prowess and skills.
There was no reason why people should have treated her the way they did. This poem was specifically meant for the teenage girls, who wanted to look the best and not feel healthy and fit. In the first line the cast is laying claim to the body of his owner. She had to come to their rules to fit in. Therefore, the title of the perfectly matches to with the theme of the poem. This is also when her low self-esteem begins; she will never be the same. She was healthy, tested intelligent, Possessed strong arms and back, Abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
The girl is immediately being trained in her future subservient role. The setting of each poems are not made very clear, I see them from a mid 20s woman married in Marks by Linda Pastan and a younger girl going through middle school or high school with Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy. They tried to change her into the way they wanted her to be. Imagery: Imagery is very dominant in the poem. If I were to say, long blonde hair, perfect tan skin, a tall, slender body with perfect measurements and outfits that only accentuate her plastic body, what comes to mind now? The lines in this stanza are then charged with irony and the irony evokes a sense of sadness and shock. So she decided to offer her strength and health up: for a woman it is thought better to die beautiful and debilitated than to live non-beautiful and strong. There is no grey area in which one might have to guess what a cat wants.
Too many woman try to fit this ideal of what we should be based on media and society in an imperfect world. Also, I don't believe the funeral is an actual funeral. By using television, magazines, posters, slogans, and even toys women are given an image that they have to conform to in order to be beautiful. The speaker takes the reader through what a young child that developing into a beautiful woman may face as she goes through society and the hurtful comments made to her referencing her natural beauty. She changed herself and finally fit into society. The poem continues on by the girl cutting her legs and nose and a bizarre visual of her laying in a casket with an ending.
In these examples, though, abide the very ideas that ultimately cause the girl's lack of self-satisfaction: perfect bodies, perfect faces, and the perfect look. The tone of this poem is depressing and sad. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Once she becomes a woman, it is then she becomes ugly. She makes a sacrifice, or dedication, to those that have long controlled her.
By using television, magazines, billboards, and even toys we see a mold of what women are supposed to look like. Barbie, Fashion doll, Sociology 1015 Words 3 Pages of our lives took place during the developmental stages. Theme: Society always had a control over individual lives, and especially the most on women. From the moment she is born, this girl is exposed to the expectations of society and goes through life encountering the harsh realities of not meeting those expectations. Remarks made on a person about looks, particularly at an early age, can hurt a self-esteem and damaged personality. This life of trying to please wears on the girl.
Posted on 2005-12-08 by Approved Guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing. She's also morphed through a variety of careers, gained and lost friends, and acquired an amazing number of possessions. This term is used ironically, referring to how she is going to suffer and the pain that will come with the transformation. ? The main character in the poem never had a chance to live life to the fullest because she was always trying to please others and be accepted. The girl realizes that standards have been set for her and she needs to look a certain way to be beautiful. To teenage girls, physical looks are considered the determinant of success and popularity that is important during their adolescence.