Analysis Of Barbie-Q By Sandra Cisneros

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From “Barbie-Q” by Sandra Cisneros, page 2, lines 41-48 “So what if we didn’t get our new Bendable Legs Barbie and Midge and Ken and Skipper and Tutti and Todd and Scooter and Ricky and Alan and Francie in nice clean boxes and had to buy them on Maxwell Street, all water-soaked and sooty. 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? If you dress her in her new “Prom Pinks” outfit, satin splendor with matching coat, gold belt, clutch, and hair bow included, so long as you don’t lift her dress, right?—who’s to know.” (page 2). The selected lines from Sandra Cisneros’s “Barbie-Q” are important because they relay the idea that even though the narrators dolls had been through a fire and were purchased at the flea market, they are just as good to the narrator as the new, clean, and unburned dolls that the other richer girls purchased before the fire. Before these lines of the short story, the narrator explains how the girls Barbies that they play with are very different from the nice Barbies the other girls have, and about how the toy warehouse had just burned down. The narrator starts this paragraph by saying, “So what,” (line 41) which means “used to say that something should not be considered objectionable,” (“So What”). She is making a point to say that it

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