Analysis Of The Poem ' Barbie Doll ' By Richard Cory Essay

830 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Self-image is an important factor to identify somebody’s characteristics or personality. Self-image is like an internal dictionary that describes the features of the self, including intelligent, beautiful, talented, and so on. Those characteristics shape a collective representation of our assets and liabilities as we see them. It is obvious that self-image is influenced by many factors; parents, siblings, the media, and a host of other conditions and circumstances. Is it “nature or nurture”? It is funny in a sad way, but when the term self image comes to mind the thoughts that arise seem to lean toward the minus mood. We all understand how important it is to have a fine self image, yet some of us fall victim to the catalysts that can destroy our self image resulting in the end of our life, as in the case young girl in the poem “Barbie Doll”, and Richard in the poem “Richard Cory”. Then there are those individuals that the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” was written and those individuals that survive life’s cruelties and personal misfortunes with a healthy self image intact. It is natural to have self doubt or even to be down on one’s self from time to time, but there are individuals whose self image are crushed by the cruel behavior of others or trapped by self condemnation until their self image is so low that for them death is the only solution. The protagonists in the poems, “Barbie Doll” and “Richard Cory”, both face…

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