Sociology The Devastation of Social Pressure One would think that growing up would be a fun, not a worry in the world, happy experience. There is so much competition amongst girls, especially when transitioning into a woman and through most of their adulthood.
The poem is about a character who fights with herself about having a perfect body image. This character struggles and shows that society only pays attention to physical appearance and not on inner beauty. Piercy also maintains that people put more social expectations on young girls.
Lastly, she mentions that society never accepts young girls who can not be ideal women. As young girls grow up, the society wants them to look and behave a specific way, but when they give up, they might lose identities.
Throughout the poem, Piercy applies vivid imagery, different word choices, and a tone of sadness and depression to make her readers more compassionate. Marge Piercy uses the image of a barbie to write about culture of society. The poet also implies that girls are ready to be mothers.
The poet mentioned lipstick as a tool a typical girl uses to increase sexuality and look pretty.
These words list all the good characteristics of a girl, but they are not good enough for a girl because she is not pretty. These words further explain that young girls are looked more physically than everything else.
Word choice is another important aspect that supports the theme of this poem. Piercy uses a variety of words in relatively short poem.
Some of the words Piercy uses are unusual. Usually, girls are more innocent that boys and children are more innocent than adults. She uses this word choice to explain the innocence of a baby girl. The last element that Piercy uses to make her poem very interesting is careful use of different tones.
These tone change throughout the poem. Piercy uses blend of different tones including flat, neutral, sarcastic, sad, depression, struggle and death. With this tone, readers can assume how the society is obsessed about good look and shape from young girls and eventually force them to kill themselves.
Physical appearance is just a superficial thing and one can not have happiness based only on this characteristic. Overall, the writer takes a negative tone toward end of the poem. Piercy created the complete poem with a tone of sadness and depression.
Overall, this poem is written thoroughly and thoughtfully. Society always have control over individuals, especially young girls on how to behave, dress and eat. It pays more attention on physical looks rather than inner beauty. Throughout the poem, the writer uses variety of tones including flat, neutral and somewhat sarcastic tone.
At the end, Piercy mentions that a girl looks beautiful in her casket because she was made up to look her best. Piercy explains the meaning of inner beauty by presenting this poem with use of powerful imagery, careful word choice and a tone of sadness and depression.“Barbie Doll,” written by Marge Piercy, deals with many pertinent issues with society today.
“Barbie Doll” was written in , and the sixties and the seventies were defined by anti-conformism and rebellion against defined societal standards. Doll Parts: Gender and the Internalization of Objectification in Marge Piercy's “Barbie Doll” Submitted by: Tiffany Morris ENG X0 November 29, The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy confronts a number of problems of female identity as a social construct.
Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy is a poem that that highlights these social roles in comparison to a doll. The first thing that comes to mind after reading the title is a Barbie doll. A Barbie doll: unrealistic perfection of hair, body, belongings, and lifestyles.
Marge Piercy has written seventeen novels including the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers, the national bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time, as well as He, She and It and Sex Wars; nineteen volumes of poetry including The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems .
Thesis Statement & Introduction An analysis of the literary elements imagery, symbolism, and tone/mood in “Barbie Doll”, by Marge Piercy and, “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde reveals each character and their struggle with their identity in society. Marge Piercy Poems: Back to Poems Page: Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy.
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.