Member since March 28, 11 Posts Girls shouldn't be represented as individuals of that kind.
This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy. Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs.
She was healthy, tested intelligent, possessed strong arms and back, abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. She went to and fro apologizing. Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.
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. In the casket displayed on satin she lay with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on, a turned-up putty nose, dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? To every woman a happy ending. Analysis In Piercy's poem, Barbie Doll, the main idea of this piece is to emphasize how suppressed women were when she was growing up. To back this up, in her first few lines, she writes "this girl child was The list of gifts given to this "girlchild" are typically objects that women were supposed to use when they grow older.
The idea, back in her time, was that women were to cook, clean, and take care of the household.
By saying that she was given these things at such a young age, she emphasizes how suppressed the "girlchild" is. Even in school, Piercy emphasizes how bad women and girls were treated throughout her childhood, which was around the late 30's to early 50's.
Despite being put down by a patriarchal society, the 'girlchild' is "healthy, tested intelligent When Marge Piercy writes, "she cut off her nose and her legs", she does not actually mean that 'girlchild' did this drastic act.
It is a hyperbole. In the last stanza, we see that 'girlchild' has surrendered to a patriarchal society, and is unhappy as she is "in the casket displayed", dressed up in a ridiculous attire.
She is on display to the world as someone she wishes not to be.The World today has a way of placing unrealistic expectations on women.
By using television, the internet, magazines, billboards and even toys we see a mold of what women are supposed to look like. The world in our eyes make us women think we should look like a Barbie Doll. Tone: The tone of Barbie Doll is that of struggle and death.
Barbie Doll by Marge regardbouddhiste.com girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did peepee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.. Page 24/5(44). In Marge Piercy's poem, "Barbie Doll," the protagonist faces conflict and deals with the external forces by conforming to others' expectations of what defines in a woman; however, unable to confront with the internal forces from within and to accept herself as she is, she ends her life.
Marge Piercy is one of those writers who defies categorization. But whether she's writing poetry, science fiction, or historical epics, her work is always imbued with her unwavering political and moral convictions.
Since the late s, she has been a champion of women's stories, often using her.
1 COME, my tan-faced children: Follow well in order, get your weapons ready; Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers! 2 For we cannot tarry here. In the poem "Barbie Doll", Marge Piercy talks about and explains the expectations of women in society.
This poem was written in , but it is still very relatable to society today.