Essay about Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy Analysis

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Not Everyone is Made with a Barbie Doll Mold “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy is about a girl who is a normal child growing up; playing with dolls, miniature kitchen items and pretend make-up. It quickly takes an interesting turn when a pubescent child makes fun of her nose and legs and she was advised to exercise and diet despite the fact that she was intelligent and healthy. The poem continues on by the girl cutting her legs and nose and a bizarre visual of her laying in a casket with an ending that states “to every woman a happy ending”( Piercy 791). This poem was written by Piercy in 1969 a year in which many women liberation groups were forming and the breaking of womanly roles was taking place. The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, …show more content…
The classmate in this poem is a metaphor for society and how through puberty both sexes go through changes and become more aware of one another as well as pass judgment between both sexes, particularly more in women. The girl realizes that standards have been set for her and she needs to look a certain way to be beautiful. However, according to society she is just a girl with “ a great big nose and fat legs” and thus affecting her emotionally which has negative effects on her self-esteem and putting pressure on her emotionally ( Piercy 791). Beauty has been the focal point throughout the poem. Throughout the poem Piercy emphasizes the “big nose and fat legs”( Piercy 791). Society can be very shallow; only looking at the appearances rather than the person as a whole. For example, one particular stanza states that “ she was healthy, tested intelligent,” ( Piercy 791). Though she did not fit into the mold of what society called beauty, she was smart a quality that her critics overlooked. She also possessed other physical qualities such as having “strong arms and back” ( Piercy 791). Society was so superficial that they didn’t see other attributes the young girl had. As the girl continues on to grow up she is continually facing challenges with her confidence and thus affecting her emotionally and physically. For instance, one of the line states that “ she went to

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