Dating Many Years Back, Women And Men Have Had Distinct

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Dating many years back, women and men have had distinct roles in society. These gender roles have become very noticeable, and this shapes how many individuals, particularly women, see themselves in society. This is often based on past treatment that women have received along with the actions taken toward gender equality. Two poems whose authors have explored gender roles include, Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” and W.D Snodgrass’s “Leaving the Motel.” The first poem, “Barbie Doll” is written about a young girl growing up through her adolescence stage. She is facing obstacles and the social pressures of women through puberty. Marge Piercy blames society for directing women toward a stereotypical feminine behavior. Although the theme of the…show more content…
Individuals judge others by their outside appearance, and the items that they value. In the beginning of the poem, the young girl begins as a usual normal child who has been given a Barbie doll. . “…presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (Piercy 2-4). This is the first expression of gender roles. When children are young, often the males are given trucks to play with, while females are given dolls. This social role begins at such a young age, that it is almost inevitable. The poem proceeds to discuss the issues that the young girl encounters. She fell upset due to, “Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs” (Piercy 11). She is constantly pressured by her peers and it leads her to change these abnormalities to fit into society. Sadly, the last stanza is about the young girls’ funeral. She has cut off her nose and legs to fit in, and has killed herself in doing so. The constant nagging, and pressures from society lead this young girl to commit the worst action. There is not much symbolism in this poem. The only symbol that stands out would have to be the casket. This shows the extent of her pain, and suffering during social pressure. This poem is able to relate to many girls, and even girls currently in college. Body image and materialism is something that this generation struggles with, and many
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