Poem Analysis: Marge Piercy's Barbie Doll
When you hear the word “Barbie Doll” your mind is set to think about your favorite childhood toy. “Barbie Doll” is a powerful poem. People around the world are labeled by their appearance. The main purpose on why “Barbie Doll” is effective because it demonstrations the negative effects on labeling people by their appearance and also by society. Society constantly influences individual lives, especially the role of women. Barbie Doll is an example of judgments between her and others she encounters. Barbie tries to please others including herself in accepting what she is. The voice in the poem changes from her early life to her death. She struggles to become what everybody wants her to be, but in the end she kills herself.
The poem starts with “This girl child was born as usual” (Piercy 1) and gives the impression that life is meant to be born normal, not ugly. Marge Piercy portrays Barbie as a “girl child” figure. Barbie sees herself as a threat because she compares herself with others. In the following lines state, “and presented dolls that pee-pee/ and miniature GE stoves and irons” (2-3). Females are given the tools of housework that includes cooking and ironing. “and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.” (Piercy 4) Society makes Barbie feel the need to have a good health body and to …show more content…
Throughout history society took the advance to control women. Therefore, most women were told to be happy even though they were sad and unhealthy. At the beginning of the poem, Barbie Doll is born a “girl child” and right at that moment she already noticed that people were going to treat her poorly. By the end of the poem, Barbie finally has the strength to kills herself because she couldn’t bare the pain anymore. Barbie finally has the chance to become happy, without people disapproving her and that’s the only thing she desires in