Analysis Of Marge Piercy 's ' Barbie Doll ' Essay

784 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Marge Piercy’s, “Barbie Doll,” uses a variety of literary elements including language, tone, and irony, to discuss the treatment, or rather mistreatment of women in our world. The girl in the poem ends up killing herself after being harassed for her lack of feminine charm, the poem written in 1973 makes the reader question the way women are viewed and the heavy repercussions these expectations may carry.
Piercy’s view of the way the world treats young girls is illustrated through the language she uses in the first stanza. By using the word, “girlchild” to describe the newly born baby, the reader wonders if the gender was a disappointment to the parents. Rather than just saying girl or child, Piercy combines the two, creating a sort of flip term to reference the oppressed more “delicate” sex. It is not just a child, it is a girl child. Further along in this stanza in lines 2-4 the author lists all of the things the new little girl is given. “Dolls that did pee-pee, miniature GE stoves and irons, and wee lipsticks in the color of cherry candy.” All of these items would be perfect for priming a young girl into the role of a beautiful home making mother, further proving the point that Piercy is referencing the image of a stereotypical woman.
In the second stanza we learn that the girl has her own strengths, strengths that have nothing to do with being the ideal girly girl. Piercy calls her, “healthy, intelligent, strong, and with abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.”…

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