‘Wish’ by Carol Ann Duffy is about wishing to resurrect a body. It presents death in rewind and undoes all the suffering that has to do with death. ‘Wish’ is a very personal poem compared to the other poems Carol Ann Duffy had written. However, although it is quite personal, it is also a mixture of being personal and connecting with the public, since it relates to the themes of mistreated women from earlier in her collection of poems. The ‘wish’ in this poem is to undo every suffering; to resurrect the dead, meaning to bring back someone who has been lost.
The story was based on women and the lack of right in the society had in the past. “My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing.”(376) The writer is trying to describe the prestigious life that men in the society had, and how women were forced to follow their rules. Marge Piercy wrote “Barbie Doll”. The poem main idea was based on girl child influenced by the idea of other people living in the society, rather than her own. “This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.” (1023) The poet was trying to explain how the small girls were forced to play with the dolls and small stoves, and they were also given red cherry lipsticks to play with.
Since her mother warns her from being a slut she tells her about a medicine that would ‘throw away a child before it even becomes a child”(Kincaid, 470) which suggests that the mother did not trust her daughter and feared that she would become a ‘slut’ despite the constant warnings. “You are not a boy” (Kincaid, 470) perfectly sums up the entire story because this one sentence summarizes all the warnings and advice the mother was giving her daughter. In Becoming members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender by Aaron H. Devor it shows that gender is a merely socially constructed and assigned and in Girl by Jamaica Kincaid that is exactly what’s
The story of the women in the ‘Yellow Wallpaper’ and Edna in the novel ‘The Awakening’ share the same type of a story. Edna’s life is less rough than the women because Kate Chopin the author of the Awakening plays with the connection of reality vs. appearance. This connection highlights the situation of people as she puts on a mask to fit the social expectations. In the novel we can see, Edna lives in a life with two different personalities. We can see this at the beginning of the book in chapter 7, “even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself.
Poetry Speed Dating: “Barbie Doll” Oftentimes art serves to question societal norms and expectations, causing the viewer to rethink existing and outdated traditions. Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” utilizes a third person narrative to describe a young girl’s struggle with her weight and physical appearance. The poem begins in the girl’s childhood, then briefly illustrates her inner conflict and the realm of outside forces adding to her stress and anguish regarding her appearance, which ultimately lead her to commit suicide. As she seeks physical perfection, her acquaintances encourage her relentless endeavor for beauty, even going so far as to praise her dead yet manicured body in the casket. Through a bitter and resentful tone Piercy emphasizes her feminist message, arguing that the societal pressures placed on young girls corrupt their innocence, ultimately leading to a life spent striving for unachievable perfection and an inevitable demise.
In Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, the different stories show how the different characters develop and progress. Rose Hsu Jordan begins “Half and Half” as someone who clearly lacks of conviction as she allows everyone but her to make decisions. Throughout “Without Wood”, however, Rose Hsu Jordan begins to learn, with the help of her mother, how to speak up. In both stories, Rose Hsu Jordan’s development transforms her from a timid and passive girl, to an assertive woman who doesn’t allow others to step on her. Nonetheless, this change was brought upon not by an event, but rather, it was brought upon by Rose’s mother.
Consequently, is this the advice coming from a young mother who was never given this advice herself? Is this mother giving her young daughter this advice so she does not make the same mistakes she did? For instance, when the mother says “this is how to make a good medicine to throw away a child before it even becomes a child;” (p.321) in my opinion, she gives this advice because as a young girl, the mother was a slut and maybe even became pregnant with the “girl”, but since she did not have this wise advice she did not know what to do in this situation. Therefore, the mother must give her daughter tough loving advice so that she does find herself in the same situation. Clearly, the moral of mom’s lessons is to take care of your reputation.
I think that the poem "Barbie Doll" was a very telling poem that really helped to sort of paint a picture of the way that standards on appearance and beauty are in our society. Piercy builds the outrage by saying that women are looked at upon to be coy, but also to be cheerful and jovial when coming onto others. Her choice of words leads to the conclusion that the women of our society are boxed in on how they should look and act. The imagery that the title "Barbie Doll" shows is that of a sense of normality; since Barbie Dolls are the norm for girls today. So many women are told what to wear, how to behave, what their weight should be that it degrades them.
“A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a feminist play, as shown by demonstrating the risks of defying societal norms and the burden of gender rules through many of his characters. In Ibsen’s opinion, “A Doll’s House” was primarily about the human condition. However, humanism and feminism are both centered around people and their values. Women were disregarded as human beings at the time of “A Doll’s House” publication. “Ibsen has been resoundingly saved from feminism, or, as it was called in his day, “the woman question”(Templeton).
And by writing a book based on secret interviews, she tries to understand the lives and relationships between black maids and white housewives, during the Civil Rights Movement. Celia Foot is also an important character; she is the new “white trash” woman in town who is childless and rejected by the other women because of her immodesties. Indeed, both of these women have strived to overcome the stereotypes of their time by refusing to conform to the traditional gender role of women in
Marge Piercy, is a famous author who is known for many of her writings. One of her most famous poems is titled "Barbie Doll". "Barbie Doll", is a poem that expresses some of her reasonings of being a feminist and the reason why she chose to stand up for the rights of women all over the world. She was the voice for many women that rather not be placed in a particular category, stating how they should or should not appear. With "Barbie Doll", she tried to break many sterotypical bonds that was keeping women from expressing themselves and showing who they really were.
This short story is an embellishment to illustrate the impact of the Rest Cure. “The story is not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman declared (Siegel, 2008). Similar to Lauren Hale, countless women are able to resonate with Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper” (2008). Lauren Hale explains being able to identify with the main character due to her own journey of motherhood and insanity thereafter. Charlotte Perkins Gilman successfully incorporated a realistic insanity into the main character of the short story as well as exposing the mental health diagnoses and cures for the 19th century.