The mood of the poem changes when the author describes, the magic of puberty. As a young woman Piercy studied at the University of Michigan where she was the first member of her close family to attend college. This is a sad story. She wriggled through bars like a satin eel, her hips and ass promising, her mouth pursed in the dark red lipstick of desire. Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.
. Girls are introduced to their expected female roles. The girl in this poem similar to most other girls is presented with toys to prepare her for the roles of mother, housewife, and feminine beauty. She was advised to play coy, Exhorted to come on hearty, Exercise, diet, smile and wheedle. The third stanza is about advices given to the girl by others about how to behave. In the third stanza, Piercy explains that in spite of all her good qualities, she tries to get rid of the thick legs and fat nose and was given suggestions on exercises and diets for doing the same.
Hamilton Composition I December 1st , 2011 Barbie Doll The piece of literature I chose to analyze was Barbie Dolls by Marge Piercy. The title lends itself to help reinforce these themes of appearance and femininity by implying that women are to fashion themselves around the famous 1959 Mattel doll, Barbie, whose appearance some argue provides an unrealistic expectation for women to strive to achieve. Also, I don't believe the funeral is an actual funeral. Though she did not fit into the mold of what society called beauty, she was smart a quality that her critics overlooked. To every woman a happy ending. Here, it refers to a time of emotional crisis that the girl went through as she matures. It shows that she should learn how to cook and iron in order to be a woman.
The original Barbie - tall, shapely, with blonde hair and blue eyes - debuted in 1959 at the American Toy Fair in New York City. With living creatures one must begin very early to dwarf their growth: the bound feet, the crippled brain, the hair in curlers, the hands you love to touch. Who could blame her; I would have done the same. Imagery: Imagery is very dominant in the poem. Barbara the Barbie doll was smart, beautiful, loved by everyone and could fulfill and succeed in any and every thing that she was made for. She tries to be accepted by society but they deny her because of her looks. In the end, trying to please her classmates resulted in her cutting off her nose and legs, which lead to death.
There was no reason why people should have treated her the way they did. She was healthy, tested intelligent, Possessed strong arms and back, Abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. Piercy employs a matter-of-factly way to describe the details of a fat girl and her growing up years. I wish I had her legs and that nose?! Paniers bring her hips out three feet each way, while the waist is pinched and the belly flattened under wood. They need to assure that they do not lose themselves and that they surround themselves with those that care and support them. This representation led to women looking up to something that did not actually exist in reality, and as the story goes in the poem, the girl ended up dying trying to be what her Barbie represented. Her good nature wore out like a fan belt.
Meanwhile the girl is strong, intelligent, and healthy but the kids only see a big nose and fat legs. Groups taking on that role tended to role-play the scene instead of writing them. A girl is born into the world, innocent and pure, unknowing of what she is going to encounter in her life. The girl in the poem represents women in society dealing with the unrealistic expectations and standards they face. This sentence gave me the impression that this child was born as any normal child; nothing was wrong with her. The speaker, and author, is hoping to make one question the ways in which we traditionally treat children of different genders. This ties in with Barbie Doll because the poem is expressing the stereotypes, sexism, and patriarchal influences that women were submitted to during the 1960s.
It is crucial to know not only the topic of the poem, but to know what the author is trying to say about that topic as well. When the girl hits puberty, her sweet classmates tell her she has a big nose and fat legs. She cut off what society did not like about her and stopped her misery, she decided to go to a place where nobody could judge her. The main character in the poem took her life because society did not accept her as she was. Why is she called Barbie? Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.
It was published in 1971, during the time of second-wave. There is no real happy ending for although she does finally for her quest for beauty and perfection is consummated she dies in the process. The entire poem is written with a tone of depression and sadness of a young girl and her unacceptable image. The speaker explicitly states, in what is a shocking and brutal way, that the children she met in school told the child that she has, A great big nose and fat legs. The tone of this poem is depressing and sad.
She decides to do something drastic because she was tired of trying to fit in. Many authors use poetry to express their opinions on certain issues. It is often noted for its message of how a patriarchal society puts expectations and pressures on women, partly through stereotyping. The stanza finishes with saying everyone, meaning society, only sees her for her fat nose and thick legs, the same thing she was told by her classmate when she was a child. The irony in it is she was being admired while in the box. The doll presents an idealized image of the body, and stove and irons tell them what kind of work is expected of them as adults.