Essay about Comparing and Contrating "Barbie Doll" and "The Leap"

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Comparing and Contrasting “Barbie Doll” and “The Leap”

The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy depicts a child that was once a normal girl child because she looked reminiscent of a normal girl. She played with dolls and miniature stoves, which made her, seem even more like a normal child. She then enters adolescent puberty which causes drastic changes to her physical appearance, which ultimately cause her to become insecure about herself. The poem “The Leap” by James Dickey also depicts a female character going through her adolescence as a top runner within her grade level. The poems do have some similarities; however, they also have several differences.

The poems “Barbie Doll” and The Leap depict two very different female
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Jane MacNaughton from “The Leap” poem is depicted by her boyfriend James Dickey as being an athlete is the seventh grade. She excelled at her athletic skills often beating her male counterparts. James Dickey seems to be mourning the loss of Jane because the poem discusses the many memories that he has of Jane. Her abrupt leap from her hotel window leads to her untimely death, which was surreal to James Dickey.

Both poems portray similar traits that relate to death; however, they are vastly different from one another. The “Barbie Doll” poem initially starts off on a positive note just as “The Leap” does. “The Leap” depicts Jane MacNaughton as an adolescent at first, and then progressing to her adulthood. “Barbie Doll” is similar except that it is depicted in the opposite time frame that “The Leap” is depicted in. The girl child with “Barbie Doll” is a young child because she is portrayed as playing with dolls and miniature stoves and irons. These items are reminiscent of early childhood toys, whereas Jane from “The Leap” is portrayed in an adolescent setting because she is depicted as the fastest runner in the seventh grade. The girl child within “Barbie Doll” suffers complications from her plastic surgery, which leads to a bittersweet ending. Jane MacNaughton on the other hand suffers an untimely death because she commits suicide from leaping from a window. Jane’s death was intentional, whereas the “Barbie Doll” death was not intentional, and

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