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Commentary on the poem Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy

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Commentary on the poem "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy The poem "Barbie Doll" deals with the life of a girl who had a plastic surgery. It is divided in four paragraphs which describe the life of the girl chronological. Describing the childhood of the girl the first chapter of the poem wants to emphasize how early girls are pushed into the role of motherhood and femininity. The girl's first presents are dolls which are able to urinate ("...and presented dolls that did pee-pee"). Those dolls are the first confrontation with her later task of being a mother. Furthermore she gets a miniature oven which is connected to her later task of working in the kitchen ("...and miniature GE stoves and irons"). I addition to that she gets her first beauty products. ...read more.


Furthermore she has a abundant sexual drive, which is not satisfied in her opinion because of her outer appearance ("...abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.")The last line of the second paragraph is irony. It does not say how she is seen by the rest of the world but how she sees her self ("Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs"). This sentence is connected to the last sentence of the first paragraph. It shows how she adopted her classmates point of view about her body. This emphasizes her very low self-esteem. The third paragraph emphasizes her efforts to become beatiful and sexual satisfied. The first sentence of this paragraph shows what she's told to do in order to satisfie her abundant sexual drive. ...read more.


She really is a symbol for beauty now. (" ... a turned up putty nose, dressed in a pink and white nightie") In her opinion everybody sees her as a beautiful woman now. But the poet put a question mark in that sentence because beauty is still a question of taste. She will never make everybody happy! (" Doesn't she look pretty? Everyone said."). With her new beauty she gets sexual satisfied ( "Consummation at last.") Finishing the poem with a ironic sentence the poet wants to show that she is not necessarily happy now . (" To every woman a happy ending") Furthermore she adopts the girl's story to the rest of the female world in order to convey that plastic surgeries are not necessary. And they do not necessarily make you happy because it is not good to give up the own body in order to fit in any kinds of stereotypes. ...read more.

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