Comparing Poems 'Richard Cory And Barbie Doll'

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River Cline
English 1020 B23
31 March 2017
The Complete Manual to Suicide
The way our society views other people by their appearance will probably never change. In some ways, everyone has it set in their mind what makes a person “perfect”. These characteristics may include personal appearance, wealth and intelligence. One does not always take the time to get to know a person, but make assumptions about people. Two poems, which show different views, include Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson and Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy. In the Barbie doll, the author writes about a girl’s life. The author starts off by describing her childhood. She was given dolls and toys like any other girl and she also put on some lipstick. This girl
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these poems follow each other in society that exists even today. As a society, we select who we look up to and who we view as everything. It is from these celebrities that society learns what is beautiful and girls like in Barbie Doll don’t fit in. Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs, In the end, neither of these characters win. They both have their own pressures, brought on by the society they live in. These problems still pervade in our society today. These two poems show that across the board, anyone can feel pressured into committing suicide. It doesn’t matter of the age, gender, or how much money we have everyone can be screwed up. This often is the pressures and expectations of society to be perfect like in Barbie Doll, or the man who everyone wants to be. The American dream is to be rich and famous, to have everyone want to be you. The nightmare of the situation is that you still won’t be happy once you reach this goal. In the same way trying to change something about yourself like the way you look it will lead you to never be happy as you are. There will always be something to change. These poems express that the higher you are placed on a scale
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