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Analysis Of Marge Piercy's Barbie Doll

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Marge Piercy was a poet who lived through the second wave of feminism in the early 1960’s. Furious that feminism existed, she published a poem in 1971 that changed the outlook of many people even to this day. Her poem, “Barbie Doll” was written about a young girl who kills herself while trying to change herself to fit society’s standards. The poem describes her as a normal, happy young girl who had a tough run in with puberty. Society started to expect her to change and look more appealing. Piercy uses some literary terms like imagery, symbolism, and simile to express the theme that you shouldn’t change yourself to fit society’s standards. All through the poem Piercy uses imagery to help readers understand society’s standard, and what happens when you change yourself for it. After people criticized her, she finally snapped, “So she cut off her nose and her legs” (17). The image provided to the reader is very aggressive and brutal, and it could’ve been portrayed a bit less violent, but the author executed this on purpose to show imagery. Imagery is applied to help the reader visualize what they’re reading, provided in this case she’s cutting off her own legs to try and fit society’s standards. Since those two body parts were the most disliked by society, she just cut them off to look “perfect”. Those standards…show more content…
Girls should not just be treated as pretty or weak, they should be honored as equal and boys. The idea of girls being like this still exists today even though the poem was published in 1971. Society still looks at girls through feminism and disrespect. In addition to feminism, society expects all girls to be pretty or to be coy rather than who they actually are. Piercy wanted to share this with society through her poem to help us realize that this is still happening today, and it will always continue to happen until someone puts an end to
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