We have to understand this quote and put it to function every day, every time. In the poem, there is a line that says “doesn’t she look pretty? Everyone said”(23). With this line, the writer shows how people admire the girl after she changed her nose and legs. She is completely beautiful right now because she is looking like a Barbie doll with her small nose, legs and a slender figure.
She begs her parents for these dolls, gets them, washes them, and covers up their flaws so they seem as if they came from an actual toy store. The little girl wants to fit in! “We have to make do with your mean-eyed Barbie and my bubblehead Barbie and our one outfit apiece not including the sock dress”, the little girl sees her doll as a measure of wealth. The better and newer the Barbie, the more well-off your family is. The Barbie dolls are causing the little girl to feel insecure so that she needs to make her Barbie’s appear as if they were new.
The characters in the poem and short story “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne can both relate to one another in the fact that the public sets expectations for women. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:/ You have a great big nose and fat legs.” (Piercy 5-6) This quote from the poem “Barbie Doll” is an exceptional example of our general society making fun of an adolescent, who does not meet the societal expectations that have been set for women, until a tragic event happens. Another superb example of this negative concept would be, “Georgiana,” said he, “has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?” (Hawthorne 341) This direct quote comes from the short story “The Birth-Mark” and implies that appearance is a great example of a societal expectation. Society shapes the lives of many women by implying the importance of behavior, appearance, and success. Many women are judged because they do not meet these expectations that we have set in society.
Puberty is something we all dread, but secretly long for. In the midst of throwing away the barbie dolls to throwing on a pair of beautiful pumps, its easy to say that every girl cannot wait to grow up. In the poem the speaker illustrates precisely by stating “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said /You have a great big nose and fat legs” (5-6),
Her use of free verse also demonstrates how one should not be confined by their culture to look or think a certain way, but rather feel empowered to make their own opinions. She mixes up her writing style by using enjambment in the first stanza: “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” (1-4), and end-stops in the second stanza: “abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. She went to and fro apologizing. Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs” (9-11). From the second stanza on, each stanza transitions into end-stops in order to convey her serious tone.
She uses these dolls to represent women, “ … the porcelain of the hands and face was always translucent; it had an ivory tint to it that formed a great contrast with the curled whiteness of the bisque faces”(7). These dolls are a clone of women, perfect skin, perfect tonedness, just appealing to the eyes. Later on in the story the young doctor begins selling the doll piece by piece. In my opinion is his wife, he is taking her apart, piece by piece. The aunt made all these dolls and gave each to her kids, each year when they grow up.
Whenever people think of imposter syndrome they think it is easy to overcome. A lot of people have their own ways to overcome something like imposter syndrome, but what if you have a unique way of doing that? In an article called “I Dressed Like Cookie for a Week to Get Over My Imposter Syndrome” Jazmine Hughes is a journalist working at The New York Times who is trying to overcome her imposter syndrome by dressing like a character from a show that is called “Empire”. This article was published on a website named Cosmopolitan on October 22, 2015. Jazmine’s essay effectively persuades the audience that she is trying to persuade.
AUSD District Argumentative Writing Assessment: Dolls and Trucks When a boy asks his mother to buy him a doll, she would refuse him by saying that “dolls are for girl.” In the article “Why Boys Don’t Play With Dolls” by Katha Pollitt, Pollitt states that boys’ and girls’ personalities are shaped by the adults, not by biological reasons. Most parents want their children to fit in with society’s standards of how a boy or a girl should be. As a consequence, they mold the young generation’s thinking styles to what society believes is comforting. Parents follow the general principle of society and encourage their sons and daughters to behave a certain way, even though they themselves are not big supporters of such principles. Pollitt provides her own experience of this situation where she overhears a feminist woman apologizing to a mother for giving her daughter a doll (2).
The narrator is joined with her friend who also has a Barbie doll that is slightly different. During the short story the narrator explains how she and her friend make the best of what they have and what they don’t for example when she explains how they invented a dress from a sock by just cutting holes in it. (339) The narrator farther on in the story visits Maxwell Street where they end up getting a good deal on more Barbie dolls due to the fact that they came from a burned down factory and smelled of smoke. (340) What really caught my attention was not that fact that they could get such a great deal on multiple dolls, but rather the attitude of the narrator after receiving the dolls. “If the prettiest doll, Barbie’s MOD’ern cousin Francie with real eyelashes, eyelash brush included, has a left foot that’s melted a little so?
In the introduction, the author opens with Mary Finucane’s daughter’s behavior changed after discovering the Disney princesses. In the next section the author explains why all this matters, Hanes discovered in recent studies young girls are introduced to being “sexy” too young, instead of just enjoying life without being judged. In the third section Hanes describes the most popular television shows, internet sites, media images, and magazines have sexual content and woman’s body goals. In the fourth section Hanes purposes women’s body images as a marketing tool for advertising. The five section returns with Hanes stating, Finucane’s daughter has grown out of the Disney princess phase.