“Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy

09 Dec

What Lies Within the Text


1. The theme of Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” is the compulsive need to be attractive in society’s judgemental eyes and the desire to live up to other’s standards instead of one’s personal ideals.

2. “Barbie Doll” is a mock of social appearance and acceptance. The poem attacks the female’s desire to look a certain way in order to fit in with the people around them. The entirety of Piercy’s devices support her hilarious take on society’s powerful impact on a person’s life decisions and self-perceptions.

3/4. Piercy uses a powerful simile in her thrid stanza, describing how the girl’s “good nature wore out/like a fan belt”(16-17). Her happiness burries beneath the self-hatred that arises from the negative, painful judgements that erupt from society’s mouth. She cannot take the pressure any longer. In stanza two, the poet uses imagery to describe the girl as a normal child, with wonderful, important qualities and a good heart. However, no…

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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in General News


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