Marge Piercy’s “ Barbie Doll” establishes the character to be a young girl who hits the stage of puberty and is then subjected to people's hurtful words that destroy her body image. Before these words she seemed to be a normal little girl playing with all the right toys. The words spoken were with intent to help the girl change her physical appearance so she could be a better version of herself, but in the end the girl felt there was no other option. She could never make everyone happy. The last part of the poem shows how society's judgmental words can strip you of your innocence and leave you in a satin lined box six feet under.
As adolescent girls grow up they start to lose their inner kid that was once inside them. The said to be nature and source of the problem with adolescent girls are the fairy tales that are read to those girls at a young age. “Fairy tales capture the essence of this phenomenon,” (Pipher 12). These fairy tales show adolescent girls that if you go through a life threatening situation your prince charming will come to save you. It also teaches girls that through all of this they transform into “passive and docile creatures” (14-15).
For example she hands the girl with the bow the smallest piece of cake, and shortly after the story stated that she loved having power over life or death. Rosaura exhibits aggressive behaviour but she doesn’t respond this way for all the situations. However, Rosaura responds to injustice with a passive attitude when confronted by Senora Ines. The way she responds in this situation demonstrates that she is still young and afraid. For example when Senora Ines hands her the money for the party, she stood there in shock and retreats back to her mother and presses herself against her.
In “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “Homage to My Hips” by Lucille Clifton, women are presented with societal expectations for their gender. The girl in “Barbie Doll” is told that she has “a great big nose and fat legs.” In the following stanza, the girl is described as healthy, intelligent, strong, and a number of other positive qualities. When the comments about her nose and legs continue, she is encouraged to lose weight, smile, and be pursued by males in order to be of worth. She loses her former good qualities in exchange for society’s standards for perfection. Eventually, the pressure to be attractive leads her to commit suicide and finally, people begin to call her pretty when she has a “turned-up putty nose” in her casket.
“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. These all items symbolizes that they lived in the society which forced them to think like high
The marigolds symbolized her childhood and innocence, which were deeply treasured. Once Lizabeth destroyed the marigolds, she was no longer a child. In lines 134-137, she remarked, “For as I gazed at the immobile face with the sad, weary eyes, I gazed upon a kind of reality that is hidden to childhood. The witch was no longer a witch but only a broken old woman who had dared to create beauty in the midst of ugliness and sterility.” As a child, Lizabeth had childishly saw her as a witch who strangely wanted to grow beautiful marigolds during a terrible time, but she realized that Miss Lottie just wanted to create happiness for herself and anyone that happened to pass by and look at her marigolds. Near the end of the story, Lizabeth, as an adult, explains the effects the events had on her.
The Transformation of Cindy .R written by Anne Mazer is a short story about a young girl named Cindy who consistently allows herself to be bossed around by those in her presence simply because she is considered to be rather rough-looking. However, in the story, Cindy receives assistance from a fairy godmother who takes the initiative to transform her into a more attractive person right before the school dance. At the dance, this catches the attention of her so-called “friends” who do not even realize who she actually is. They befriend her simply because she is now considered to be beautiful. In a state of frustrated, Cindy returns to her home and smashes the fairy godmother into pieces, causing her to return to her rough-looking self again.
“After an hour and thirty minutes her daughter has become part Barbie, part Madame Alexander doll, and part Las Vegas showgirl” (Hollandsworth 1). These shows strip the girls of their childish innocents and use their oblivion to do so. They cannot process, with their undeveloped brains, to tell the difference between right and wrong in how they compete in the pageants. They base their worth by their appearance rather than what they are capable of doing. They grow up without a real identity and are only use to being exploited for how they look and
Despite the minor setback, I could not contain my excitement and muffled my squeals with a pillow. When I had reached the heart wrenching moment, I could not help but cry for Avery’s loss. Closing in on the last few chapters, I could feel fresh tears streaming down my face. Avery Roe suffered the loss of her first love, the rejection and death of her grandmother, and finally realized why her mother had locked her away in their grand mansion. For her mother, instead of getting heartbroken, she felt failure every time she made spells, and it was her own daughter that broke her heart.
In addition, it 's a childish relationship also because Waverly tries to get her mother to buy her “salted plums” by crying in the store. But her mother tells her, “Bite back your tongue”. Then at home she teaches Waverly “the art of invisible strength”. Furthermore, Waverly 's mother does