Sandra Cisneros's Short Story: Appearance Does Not Matter?

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Sheila Earhart Professor Carol Mintus English 161WB 26 October 2014 Appearance Does Not Matter “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” (Marilyn Monroe) Having the perfect body and the perfect hair does not always matter. Everything and everyone should be treated equal no matter what something or someone looks like. The short story Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros proves that. This short story is about two young girls who do not have enough money to afford everything they dream of. All they want is a new Barbie doll to play with. When the two girls get a broken or damaged doll, they do what they can to cover up the flaws that it has. They do not care what the Barbie doll looks like because to them, the toy is still a Barbie on the inside. This short story shows that beauty is not what is on the outside, but what is in the inside. It focuses on beauty and what beauty means to the two young girls. When the two young girls look at a Barbie, the only thing they see is the beauty within it and what it could become to them. “So what if our Barbies smell like smoke when you hold them up to your nose even after you wash and wash and wash them. And 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?” This quote from the short story shows that the two girls see past all of the different flaws that the Barbie has. When the one

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