Women’s Beauty in “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy

09 Dec

AUW's Interpreting Texts, Spring 2013

With a gentle tone of the speaker presenting a short story in the poem, “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy depicts a girl doll’s life from her birth till the moment she gained her happiness. In the poem, there is a constant use of images of two parts “big nose” and “fat legs” were considered as ugly parts on the doll’s body. However, she had good physical and mental condition: she had a good heath with a fit body “strong arms and back” and “tested intelligent” (7, 8). Moreover, she had enough good qualities as woman to become a good wife: “abundant sexual desire” and clever in manual work. Yet her classmate teased her about those small ugly parts on her body, which made her feel dissatisfied with herself and caused a so sadistic action with her body:

“So she cut her off her nose and her legs

and offered them…

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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in General News


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