The Poem ' Barbie Doll ' By Marge Piercy

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Through the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy we see how much words can affect someone, especially the youth. By always being told that you are not good enough, you are going to take that one of two ways. One you may give in and give up, or you will decide to toughen up. No matter how hard you try, you will never be fully accepted until you die. There will always be someone who wants you to change something about yourself, in order for you to be “better.” If we do not take a stand for who we are and for the things we believe in, are we really living a life worth living?
In the poem “Barbie Doll,” we see the main character try and try to change who she is so that she can be accepted by society. “Exercise, diet, smile and wheedle/ Her good nature wore out”(14-15), all the things she did to become skinnier, did not make her happy. They made her depressed because of no matter how hard she tried or what she did, she was never good enough. She soon lost the hope and drive to become like everyone else, and she gave up. Never give up, because when you give up, just like the girl in “Barbie Doll” did, that is when society wins. We all have a choice to make in our own lives, do we live the way society wants us to live, or do we live a life that we want to live.
I struggled with that choice for the longest of times. It all started when I was about three years old when I first started to think about the priesthood. I have to give a lot of credit to my parents, because when…

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