Analysis Of Piercy 's ' Barbie Doll ' Essay

784 Words Jan 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Society has a way of placing unrealistic expectations on women in this day and age. By using television, magazines, posters, slogans, and even toys women are given an image that they have to conform to in order to be beautiful. In Piercy’s work “Barbie Doll”, the speaker takes the reader through what a young child that develops into a beautiful woman may face as she goes through society and the hurtful comments made to her referencing her natural beauty.

When old enough to play with toys, little girls are given barbies that fit the image of societal beauty. In the first stanza, the speaker uses words and phrases such as “presented dolls(2),” “pee-pee (2),” “and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy(4)” to signify that the girl is young and immediately given this image of what a woman should look like. While growing up around barbie dolls one would think that this little girl would understand what beauty is. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs (5-6),” the speaker contradicts what the perfect image of a woman should be. Women should not have a great big nose and fat legs. When using classmate, the speaker is referring to society. Society thinks that she has a great big nose and fat legs. Society is criticizing her during the stages of puberty.These characteristics are a matter of opinion. The second stanza is a paradox. “She was healthy, tested intelligent,/possessed strong arms and back,/abundant sexual drive and…

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