Analysis Of Marge Piercy 's ' Barbie Doll ' Essay

1608 Words Nov 12th, 2015 7 Pages
Growing up, all us young girls played with Barbie dolls and dressed them up to be pretty. The girl in the poem represents women in society dealing with the unrealistic expectations and standards they face. A girl is born into the world, innocent and pure, unknowing of what she is going to encounter in her life. This child is tormented throughout her lifetime on what people say she should look like or be like, and is haunted by the anticipation of what is normal. The speaker appears to be very knowledgeable of the girl’s struggles throughout her childhood and sounds similar to a speaker in a fairytale. The audience the speaker is attempting to address is society and also young girls to reach out to them concerning this problem. The theme of the poem is how society rejects women who don’t meet their views of beauty, and in their minds, also known as the ideal woman. In Marge Piercy’s poem, “Barbie Doll” she makes points concerning society’s high expectations of women, which are still relevant today, by using symbol, simile, and imagery.
The symbol in the poem is the Barbie doll and how “her” ideal image is brought to life to reflect on women of today’s society. Women are expected to fit the “ideal” image that the Barbie doll exhibits. When women do not meet these needs, they are scolded abruptly. For example, the girl is taunted by a peer telling her “you have a great big nose and fat legs” (Line 6). She is being teased for the way she looks. It is also amazing how a young…

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