Childhood Naivety The poem, “Barbie Doll, by Marge Piercy uses imagery to convey the innocence of prepubescent childhood and cruelty that women face after puberty due to imposed societal standards. Each stanza is chronological that transitions, her innocence before “becoming a woman”, struggles of puberty, and the measures she takes to be happy. Even though the events that take place in this poem are about the unrealistic standards that women have to cope with, her use of imagery makes it seemingly
attributes contributed by women because their attributes have been reduced to their appearance. “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy presents an example of the pressure society imposes on women to fit into their vision of the perfect woman by telling the story of a girl who commits suicide after not being able to fulfill society’s expectations of her appearance. The language and images in particular in “Barbie Doll” further contribute to the depiction of society pressuring women to achieve a certain appearance
perfect everything. But what society fails to realize, is that no one is perfect and shouldn’t be expected to be perfect because it’s impossible. In her poem Barbie Doll, Marge Piercy utilizes setting, imagery, and symbolism to portray the affect that societal expectations have on women’s perception of being beautiful. Within the poem Piercy chose to center the setting of her
tone/mood in “Barbie Doll”, by Marge Piercy and, “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde reveals each character and their struggle with their identity in society. Summary of “Barbie Doll” In the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, we read about a young girl who has self image problems. Due to the expectations of society, she is not happy with her physical appearance. She had many good qualities but is unable to see these for herself. Instead she only sees is a “a great big nose and fat legs”(Piercy,1936).
The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy in relation to diversity alludes to specific aspects of gender, mainly targeting the female gender perspective and expectations. In the poem, Piercy is writing about a young girl transitioning from a child to a women and how society and its idea of beauty affects her. My interpretation of the poem is that the girl is basically crying out for help saying look I am healthy, intelligent, and strong but no one sees or cares about those things because the only thing