Harmful Beliefs In Barbie Doll, By Marge Piercy

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Harmful Beliefs Being a part of a society can become very stressful nowadays because people have to fit in, satisfy everyone and be happy; in addition, considering what others expect from them is what makes people reconsider their behaviors. Society expectations represent how a society could be judgmental and affective toward individuals and reveal a lot of facades about the society with such expectations. “All Falls Down” is, a song by Kanye West from The College Dropout album in 2004, talks about how people could be insecure in there communities because of what it expects from them. “Barbie Doll”is a poem by Marge Piercy talks about how seeking acceptance in society cost a girl her life. While our societies grow larger, the expectation of …show more content…
Toward the end of the “Barbie Doll” poem Piercy states, “She was advised to play coy,/ exhorted to come on hearty,/ exercise, diet, smile and wheedle./ Her good nature wore out/ like a fan belt. So she cut off her nose and her legs/ and offered them up” (Piercy). When the author said “coy”, he is involving the sexual interactions as way to meet the expectations of a girl because it makes her approachable. Throughout the first part of the citation, we can see the direct influence her society had by telling her how to fit in; In addition, it reflects the society being superficial since looking nice and being flirty is what they care about in a girl and not being smart which made her insecure. In the second half of the citation, he used the simile of a fan belt that wore out to describe her as an object that can be fixed or replaced. This reflects how she is not happy and just can’t fit into the society any further; leading to the decision of doing cosmetic surgery because she doesn’t feel comfortable with her self anymore. The author refers to the surgery with powerful words when he said “cut her nose and her leg” which reveal how brutal these surgeries could be and how it might cost the person’s …show more content…
Toward the end of Kanye West song "All Falls Down" when he say, "We 'll buy a lot of clothes when we don 't really need em/ Things we buy to cover up what’s inside/ Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth" (West). The author here is talking about his people, the african Americans, in a situation where they buy a lot of products in order for them to feel better and happy, because it sensitizes them toward their real problems of aged unhappiness in the society. Furthermore, the author mention "we don 't really need them", so they got used to the temporary good feeling that these products provides to the point where even if they did not need the product they still buy it. Moreover, the lack of appreciation of the wealthy white people caused the african american community to show hate feeling toward them because they are the people with money and power ; in addition, they don 't feel accepted in the community. As a result, they found their pleasure in feeling wealthy, which they felt in buying

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