The poem Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy is a short poem that talks about a little girl who is born just like any other little girl. She plays with dolls and little ovens and messes around with makeup. She is fine and unbothered with her life till she hits puberty. Around that age she has a classmate tell her “you have a big nose and fat legs.” She was a girl who was healthy, strong, and intelligent but, she was apologizing to everyone for what they saw. She dieted and exercised to try and be better and she put a smile on her face to make it all seem okay but, it got tiring and she couldn't do it anymore so she gave up her nose and legs.
As Piercy states “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).” As displayed, word “presented” indirectly portrays that the girl did not have a choice in what she wanted to play with, just a common plaything used to mold the girl to what society wanted. In addition, the author is able to describe the girl’s entire life just through a few words by gradually increasing the age of use for each of the objects the girl is “presented”- from “dolls” to “lipstick.” Just from this, it is clear that the “girlchild” is led and therefore influenced to a certain path which that is acceptable to the culture around her. Furthermore, the girl is so affected by her surroundings that when she is told “You have a great big nose and fat legs,”(5) “…she cut off her nose and legs / and offered them up”(17-18). Here, the girl ends up paying the ultimate price in order to fit into her community. The “great big nose” and “fat legs” serve as symbols of her nature and when they are dismembered, she loses a part of who she really is.
Marge Piercy's poem Barbie Doll tells of a young girl and her experience through adolescence. It illuminates the destruction wreaked when unrealistic expectations and gender limitations become socially acceptable. This poem ends with the tragic suicide of the girl and how only in death did she embody the ideals set by society. Piercy exposes the paradoxical expectations set by American culture through the use of explicit diction, simile, and irony. Within the first four lines the girl is guided towards the expectations set in her future.
Her mother calls her a “spirit of contradiction,” and these tensions surrounding her character seem to defy interpretation (Alvarez 52). In Ann Ducille’s essay “Dyes and Dolls: Multicultural Barbie and the Merchandising of Difference,” she argues that Barbie dolls are inherently
In Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie doll,” she describes a time when a little girl growing up think she is was perfect. The story begins with a little girl thinking she was a perfect girl; however, once puberty came in to her life. She was bullied by everyone saying that she had a big nose and fat legs. The girl was healthy, smart, but she was always being sorry. She did everything she could to make herself perfect.
Twyla- Twyla is introduced at the very beginning of the story as the girl with the mom that “danced all night” (Morrison,1), she is also the Narrator and a main character. Twyla mentions her mother at the beginning of the story. Mary has neglected her daughter which is why she ends up in the orphanage. Twyla’s mother has taught her daughter to be prejudice against people of Roberta’s race saying that “they never wash their hair and they smelled funny” (Morrison,10), throughout the story some of these prejudices disappear and come about again when the two women meet again and again over long time spans. In her teen years, Twyla works at a Howard Johnson’s where she re-encounters Roberta for the first time and thinks to herself that, “She made the big girls look like nuns” (Morrison,35).
The tone of, “Barbie Doll,” by Marge Piercy is dark and sarcastic. The darkness of the poem became evident when her beautiful features disappeared and were replaced with self-hatred, “Her good nature wore out,” (Line 15). This provokes feelings of sadness, as the readers see a young girl starting to believe the insults of her tormenters, and start to loathe herself. The tone is again seen when the writer describes of the girl figuratively cutting, “off her nose and legs,” (Line 17), ultimately alluding to suicide. Piercy used sarcasm in this poem to link issues regarding beauty standards in the real world.
They see the doll not only as a toy but the way life should be. Some girls live through the pretending and act of being a doll which is the understand of what perfection and beauty. Their bodies are unrealistic, unattainable, and unhealthy. Young girl tend to attachment them self what seem to be the way to go. Body dissatisfaction among young girls can cause them to have negative self-perception, depressed mood, and disordered
She is athletic and always on the move. Seeing her character in the play shows that she is in fairly good health. Her physical capabilities are unique and unlike anyone elses. This is yet another point of comparison between be and Antigone. I am young and full of energy.
The girls got more dolls; however, the dolls smelled like smoke and had some burns on them, but they didn’t care since they could just hide them. “Barbie’s MOD’ern cousin Francie with real eyelashes..has a left foot that’s melted a little..If you dress her in her new ‘Prom Pinks’ outfit..long as you don’t lift her dress..-who’s to know.” (Citation) This conveys the idea of how woman tries to hide their imperfections. Because of one default on their body, they have to cover it up or put layers of makeup on it to look “beautiful” again. They see models with no hideous marks on their body, makeup looking perfect, and they’re dressed very fancy, so girls would try to copy that in order to be a