Comparision of "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy and "Suicide Note" by Janice Mirikitani

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The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “Suicide Note” by Janice Mirikitani are both about how two young women could no long take the pressures society placed upon them. Although the two poems have a very different tone, language, and structure the same underlying theme exists. In both poems the girls struggle to be perfect and to conform to the desires of others. Both women in the poems ultimately commit suicide because they can no longer live with the criticism and lack of acceptance that they face. These two young women represent a whole world of young females and males who are weighed down by society’s pressure to be flawless. As members of society, which especially includes parents with young children we need to assure the…show more content…
The girl was told to diet, exercise, and use flattery to get what she wants (Piercy, 867). She tried to conform and be everything that is expected, but eventually her good nature wore down. Being told what and how to be from a young age will take its toll on any person especially an impressionable teenager. Being that I have experienced these pressures, although not to the same extent as the girl in Piercy’s poem, I can safely say that young adolescents tend to be quite multifaceted and sensitive which explains why criticism about one’s appearance can damage their morale. This girl no longer had the will to battle the burdens she was feeling and the lines “So she cut off her nose and legs and offered them up” make reference to the fact that she committed suicide (Piercy, 867). I get the feeling in the last stanza that the girl may have had some physically altering surgery sometime before she took her life. Ironically, it is only when the young woman is lying dead in a casket that people begin to acknowledge her beauty. The last line is a very powerful one “To every woman a happy ending” (Piercy, 867). I disagree that the subject of the poem truly had a happy ending, but I do not feel the author meant it literally either. It seems the author means to deject the people in the girl’s life who only saw her flaws and not her true beauty and intelligence. The title “Barbie Doll” is appropriate because society metaphorically compares women to the look of

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