Analysis Of Sandra Cisneros 's ' Barbie Q ' Essay

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Sandra Cisneros’s short story, “Barbie-Q”, describes the hardships endured by a young girl, never identified by name, and the less-fortunate life she and her family lead. The child discloses the rarity of new toys, but purchases damaged Barbie dolls while on a trip to the flea market. The narrator acknowledges the flaws of the Barbies, but counters the stereotypical “perfect” woman standards by implying her gratefulness of possessing any dolls at all. Through this struggle, the girl learns to cope with her burdened lifestyle while also encountering gender roles and values. Cisneros wrote this story in relation to her own childhood, motivated by the social standards of gender roles and body image in relation to the Barbie doll. Sandra Cisneros, born in 1954, grew up as an only girl in a family of six brothers. In Dianne Klein’s “Coming of Age in Novels by Rudolfo Anaya and Sandra Cisneros”, Cisneros states while growing up as the only girl around boys, she had no women-author role models. Klein argues in regards to this, “…she felt impoverished with nothing of personal merit to say” (21). Along with this feeling of impoverishment came lingering loneliness. This is what encouraged Cisneros to begin to read. In time, she developed the vision of becoming an effective writer, and began writing stories of her own. Basing off Cisneros’s own childhood, the importance behind most of her stories revolves around the idea of surviving in the lower class, and the incorporation of…

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