Analysis Of Lori Gottlieb's Stick Figure

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In Lori Gottlieb’s novel, Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self, Lori has always been a different, unique and smart eleven year old girl. However, throughout her childhood, she has faced many challenges because of the influence that society had on her. Thus, Lori eventually got the impression that she is fat and needs to be thin like the women surrounding her and especially women in the magazines. Being different and intelligent was not easy for Lori. At first, Lori enjoyed her childhood; she did not care about her appearance or what people thought of her. Nevertheless, Lori’s mother began telling her that she needs to be more “ladylike” and can not be eating as much. This consequently had an affect on Lori which causes her to change her …show more content…
Unfortunately, Lori Gottlieb was influenced negatively. Surrounded by adults who praised anti-obesity consequently allowed Lori to think that growing up means being “thin” and caring about your looks. From reading magazines, watching television, to talking with her friends about dieting, has caus her to care a lot about how she looks. A quote from the passage “no one could ever like a girl who has thunder-thighs” made her look after her weight which led to an unhealthy diet for such a young girl. Since every female she encounters is either on a diet, counting calories, and gossiping about other women and their looks, it eventually had an affect on Lori and the way she thinks. This led to her starving herself and looking in the mirror and seeing someone who is “fat”. Negative influence that society had on Lori generalizes the challenges that women and even children have been facing for many years due to society. Now, the social media, movies, t.v shows, and magazines praise certain women and set social norms that women are almost forced to go along with it or else they will be viewed as “odd” or “different” from the rest. For instance, in terms of makeup, there are new trends from videos posted of how women should be doing makeup or how they do their hair or eyebrows or else they can be looked down upon. This goes with anything: how a women …show more content…
Unfortunately, it is a big challenge for Lori growing up because although she was intelligent, there was still a part of her that was naive. For instance, Lori chose to rebel by not eating during her family trip to Washington D.C so her mother and father became mad at her. Since Lori wanted more attention from her family, she continued making decisions that could harm herself which then worried her parents causing them to eventually send her to the hospital. Lori did not understand her situation and her family’s worriedness that she was mostly confused to why her parents were taking her to the psychiatrist and to the hospital ward. Although Lori was only 11 years old, if she understood where her parents and doctors were coming from and if she knew more about her situation with anorexia nervosa, it would not have been a major challenge for her having to go to the hospital ward to get better. In addition, she did not realize that she was suffering from an eating disorder because the whole time she was in the hospital, she believe that she was only dieting, therefore, she did not see the point of being in the hospital. If Lori was not naive about her

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