Essay Barbie Doll By Marge Piercy

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Barbie Doll In the poem “Barbie Doll” written by Marge Piercy, the author addresses the stereotypical ideas of what society believes a woman should look like and how a woman should act. The title lends itself to help reinforce these themes of appearance and femininity by implying that women are to fashion themselves around the famous 1959 Mattel doll, Barbie, whose appearance some argue provides an unrealistic expectation for women to strive to achieve. Piercy goes on to show what happens to the unnamed main character of the poem, when faced with the challenge of conforming to these social norms of beauty and femininity. “Barbie Doll” was written in 1971, in the midst of second wave feminism, which focuses on women’s desire for equality in the workplace and in family life, freedom from sexual oppression and for the control over their own reproductive rights. This poem, like many of Piercy’s other works, is written in free verse which further reinforces the ideas of freedom and non-conformity that are represented by the feminist movement. The poem reads like a fairytale, Piercy begins by introducing the main character:
This girlchild was born as usual and presented with dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy. (1-4) With no detected rhyme scheme, the author uses assonance in the repeated long –e sound to help the poem flow and to provide a connection between important words in…

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