Each poem uses numerous literary elements to advance their purpose of showing how the public and society subdue women’s intelligence and hearty virtues in order to make them better fit the social norm of the domestic woman.“Barbie Doll” and “A Work of Artifice” are two poems, by Marge Piercy, which imply that women are tailored from a young age to fulfill the roles that traditional society has set for them.Such language is also used in the sixth line of “Barbie Doll,” that says, “You have a great big nose and ... ... middle of paper ... ...heir own interpretation of the poem.Universe of Symbolism.The use of the phrase “pee-pee” instead of “urinate” suggests that the author is projecting a pretentious and superficial light onto the person...
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The Barbie doll gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “if looks could kill.” .Although it is a children’s toy, a Barbie doll demonstrates a woman with a perfect body and pure beauty.The name carries a lot of meaning because a Barbie doll has long been an icon in society.The message being that people idolize the Barbie doll and will do whatever it takes to be just like her.There is too much importance and too much anxiety placed on women to surrender to the image of being or becoming a Barbie doll.
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The world in our eyes make us women think we should look like a Barbie Doll.She is made to appear like the perfect Barbie doll.“Barbie Doll.” Henderson, Gloria Mason, et al.WOMAN’S VALUES IN SOCIETY AS REFLECTED IN MARGE PIERCY’S” BARBIE DOLL”.In Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll”, we find a young girl growing up through the adolescence stage and look through only her appearance.
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One other thing to note is, in “homage” the speaker has one thing, her hips.On the flip side, in “homage to my hips”, the speaker is proud and appreciative of her wide hips to the point where she flaunts them in the poem themselves.In the two poems we read, “homage to my hips” and “Barbie Doll”, the speakers both face problems yet choose to deal with them with opposing actions.One would imagine how much criticism the speaker in “homage to my hips” would get, yet this carefree attitude that is prevalent in the poem gives you a sense that she is extremely content and jubilant with what she has.This example portrays that people must be grateful for what they have, and if they are displeased, to either find a solution to their problem, or mo...
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Nothing is wrong about possessing a Barbie Doll beauty.The basis of discussion on the unrealistic expectations of women’s appearance is Marge Peircy’s poem ‘Barbie Doll’.Barbie Doll Beauty and how they affect Women .Women are aware of the advantage of fitting into the mold of a “Barbie Doll” figure.Since women desires value and attention from others, they try so hard to fit to the “Barbie Doll” mold.
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If these male adults can only take a look at themselves and see that all they have done is to destroy.They are all programmed that way by selfish or ignorant male adults.I think that children, especially boys, are not born with hatred or feelings of enmity towards female who have physical figures below social standards.The title illustrates that most females were expected to be like Barbie dolls.The mood of the poem changes when the author describes, the magic of puberty.
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Even though they are different and hold different positions in society, they still had the same expectations.However, in "The Death of Marilyn Monroe", our main character Marilyn Monroe is opposite of our unknown Barbie Doll."The Death of Marilyn Monroe" and "Barbie Doll" shows the outcome of physical expectations on women, and how society put the weapons in their hands.Since our girlchild's mirror did not reflect a barbie doll, she killed herself.Marge Peircy and Sharon Olds both wrote about two women who struggled with the stereotypes and pressure that society thrusts upon them.
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She had so much pressure from every direction, she felt obligated to try and conform her body into what society viewed as ideal, which we know of as the Barbie doll toy.First and for most we must understand who the persona is in the poem, which is a woman, and more specifically Marge Piercy herself.Starting with the first stanza, of four, the persona explains of a young girl, and her playing with a doll, the Mattel’s Barbie doll to be precise.She expresses how the Barbie doll, the toy figurine that woman idealize, is, in fact, a method of corruption to a young girl.Marge Piercy, who wrote the poem “Barbie Doll”, has a very strong view of how destructive social pressure can be to a girl through her transitioning stages into a woman.
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Piercy uses each one of his literary techniques to his advantage and makes sure that the poem still flows and is easily something that one is able to comprehend without having to dig too deep.An example from the poem portraying this is, when Piercy states, “This girl child was born as usual/ and presented dolls that did pee-pee/ and miniature GE stoves and irons” (Piercy 1-3).When initially looking at the title, one may come to the conclusion that the poem is about Barbie dolls.Throughout the poem the girl becomes older just like everyone in the world and starts to face problems directly after puberty.This poem has a meaning which will relate to many others not only young adults and it is something that each and every person can have fee...
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She openly discloses her own feelings about the Barbie doll, her grandmother’s seemingly innocent “perfect” creation.Handler’s granddaughter Stacey has written a book about her complications with living in the shadows of the Barbie doll.Barbie was designed to look flawless because why would a child play with a doll with blemishes or cracked dry skin.She also claims, Barbie allows young women to dream about all of the possibilities, Barbie can be a doctor, an astronaut, a banker, a lawyer, a nurse, a gymnast etc…” .Now Barbie is the most sold doll in the world, Barbie is a 1.5 million dollar per-year industry (Dittmar 283).
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...s the true beauty is within through implying that despite her flaws, the speaker still views his mistress as a goddess in his eyes.If you are ever on a blind date and the person you are coupled with is not exactly as attractive as you would have imagined, reflect on Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 and remember that true beauty lies within.His use of diction shows the complexity of his poem and proves that the words are used intentionally to evoke this uneasy feeling.The reader knows what to expect from this type of poetry, and so the dramatic force of the poem is experienced as the reader’s expectations are turned upside down” (Woolway).This individual is told the woman “looks like a Barbie doll” with hair as yellow as the sun, cheeks as re...
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During her funeral those who she had tried to please in the past were the ones to comment about how beautiful she looked.She became tired of pleasing everyone else and decided to commit suicide.Richard Cory was a man loved by all.He had the looks, wealth and the manner that everyone wanted.He was a man that society had put up on a pedestal.
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A woman, like the girl described in ‘Barbie Doll’, should be perfect.The extremes to which women take this role model are implicated in this short, yet truthful poem.The poem starts with the line, “This girlchild was born as usual,” which suggests that as soon as a girl is born, society already expects her to learn the role she will soon play in when she hits puberty (1).The doll, throughout many years, has transformed itself from a popular toy to a role model for actual women.Was this “Barbie Doll” role model worth following to death?
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She credits her career as a poet and writer to her mother, who was an avid storyteller and urged her to observe the surrounding world (McManus).Christopher Bennem.Her works include poems such as “Barbie Doll” and “A Work of Artifice” that focus on society’s treatment of women, as well as poems which speak to more broad social issues.... middle of paper ... .McGraw-Hill, 2012.
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At her funeral, the speaker witnesses it was not only the girl’s desire to be beautiful, but “every woman[‘s] happy ending” to be recognized as pretty (25).This simile embodies the nature of the girl’s situation as she continually sought to be happy.Early in the poem, the speaker illustrates the teen prior to her death: “She was healthy, tested intelligent, / possessed strong arms and back, / abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity” (7-9).In “Barbie Doll,” by Marge Piercy, the speaker’s tone is remorsefully cautionary because she aims to protect females from the societal standards that caused the female subject of the poem to commit suicide.The speaker concludes the poem as she mocks society at the girl’s funeral: “Doesn’t she look pr...
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In “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, her character would give anything to look good and fit into the crowd.“Barbie Doll” resembles Staples’ ever-growing uncertainty with his life.On the contrary, the ending in “Barbie Doll,” Piercy’s character could no longer handle any more criticism so she “cut off her nose and legs and offered them up”(Piercy).New York: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2004. .If Staples continues his charade and prolongs his constant mistreatment, he will ultimately turn out like Barbie Doll, someone who was so thirsty to taste her real identity that in order to escape from the hole she dug herself into she had to kill herself.
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In the other hand sister from the poem “Lost Sister” did not conform instead she decides to rebel.She starts to miss China.Girlchild does not carry any features of a Barbie doll but that does not mean she is ugly.She realizes it wasn’t so easy after all.Girlchild is lifeless unable to enjoy her accomplishment and Sister was unable to share her freedom with her family.
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Roddick started marketing posters of a doll called ‘Ruby: The Real Deal,’ with posters in the UK shops she owned, all depicting images of the generously proportioned doll with the attached slogan: ‘There are 3 billion women who don’t look like supermodels and only 8 who do.’ .In the United States, the toy company Mattel sent a cease-and-desist order, demanding the images of Ruby were removed from American shop windows because she was making Barbie look bad, an admission surely, that Barbie’s impossible to achieve figure was detrimental to girls in comparison to the more realistic Ruby?Barbie as a symbol of woman as object can be found not only in contemporary art, but also in contemporary literature; she has moved into everyday speech as...
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Although the Barbie brand came out with their first African American and Hispanic doll in 1980, some of the African American community was not happy about the representation of the doll.One criticism that the Barbie doll received was from moms stating that they felt it was inappropriate to have a doll with breast.If Barbie was to be a real women her measurements would be a 36” breast 18” waist and 33” hip if Barbie was a human she would not be able to stand up straight because her body was not proportioned of a normal women, An academic expert n=by the name of John Hay stated that the likelihood of a women being shaped like Barbie was less than 1 in 100,000.Ruth states in her book “Dream Doll”; I designed the doll with a blank face so th...
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They use the vintage Barbie face and have been very successful with Barbie collectors.Barbie was first introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York in February of 1959 according to “Barbie: The Early History” by Erica Wolf last updated in 2000.Mattel released a series of twelve Black Label Basic Barbie Dolls, the next step in Barbie Doll History, each featuring different types of Barbie face sculpt.The next big shift in Barbie Doll History happened in 1977, when in the era of the Halter Dress and Farrah Fawcett hair; Barbie underwent a dramatic transition in the form of Superstar Barbie.In Barbie Doll History, there have been numerous types of Barbies made since she was first introduced.
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The first Barbie doll was invented in 1959 and since then, the Barbie dolls have been around for decades and have become some of the most popular dolls in the world.The doll in the Barbie ad possessed an unrealistic and unhealthy physical appearance that is not only impossible to attain but also very unhealthy for women.An article on Wikipedia concerning the history of the Barbie dolls explain that “Barbie’s careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of roles in life, and the doll has been sold with a wide range of titles including Doctor Barbie (1988) and Nascar Barbie (1998) Miss Astronaut Barbie” this confirms the fact that one message one can get out of the ad is the power of female independence therefore the ad ca...
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Barbie products include not only the range of dolls with their clothes and accessories, but also a large range of Barbie branded goods such as books, apparel, cosmetics and video games.However, playing a Barbie doll can give bad influence for children.For five years, Barbie has been an important part of toy fashion doll market.The Bird Lilli doll production was stopped in 1964 and the first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail.The Barbie doll made its first debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.
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One of the most controversial aspects of Barbie is her appearance.She noticed the importance of being able to change the doll's clothes, and decided to create a three-dimensional fashion doll, naming her Barbie after Barbara (her daughter).Mattel has an "I can be.." line that sells Barbie dolls in 125 different occupations.In this case, Barbie is not promoting something impossible.What would a real life Barbie look like?
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Urla and Swedlund in ‘Barbie Blues’ discovered, “If Barbie were full size, her measurements would be 32-17-28, typical of a woman suffering from anorexia.Sakina Laksimi.”The Barbie Effect.”Media Ecology.This demonstrates that it is not body-related information conveyed by dolls per se that has a direct impact on young girls’ body image, but by Barbie dolls specifically, which represent a distortedly thin body ideal.The bond that little girls have with Barbie is the cause of their low self-esteem.If parents don’t believe Barbies have a negative impact on their daughters academic skills they need to make sure they try their hardest in school rather than reciting after a Barbie, that was released in 1992, “Math is tough”, shown in ‘The Pros...
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Girls compare themselves to Barbie from a young age, which has a negative effect on the self-esteem of girls between 5 and 8 years of age, say Helga Dittmar and Emma Halliwell in their book “Consumer Culture, Identity, and Well-Being.” They compare their actual body size to the ideal body size projected by Barbie, say the authors, as well as developing an exaggerated concept of their ideal adult body size.In reality nobody can be like Barbie because she is “perfect.” Barbie has her dream house, car, and a wardrobe that is expanded almost every day.Additionally, the releases of African American Barbie dolls caused controversy in 1967 and again in 1997, and in 2003, Saudi Arabia outlawed sales of Barbie because it did not conform to the id...
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This causes parents and religious leaders to more strange reactions with the culture values represent by Barbie and Ken and they believe Barbie is seen in the Middle East where modesty matters as something of a tramp.Mattel then dropped forces with Bandai and operates its own marketing office then introduced the American Barbie to Japan and they experienced a success with Long Hair Star Barbie as one of the top-selling dolls in Japan.So instead of helping distributing the Barbie doll all over Brazil, the Barbie face a strong competition cause losing of their market share to Estrela the company that produce the Susi doll.But the appearance of these female dolls highly affected their culture values because Barbie female doll illustrate the...
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Therefore, just one version of the Barbie doll is not sufficient.In this essay, Negrón, states that when Mattel brought the new Boricua personage to the “Barbie Dolls of the World” collection, Puerto Rican people from both the island and migrants in the United States had distinct yet connected opinions of the doll.The owner of the Barbie doll, or society passes to believe what the box primarily says.Puerto Rican folk know that the doll’s historical background is completely disfigured yet they still go out and buy the collectible Barbie.The American corporation Mattel has a big dilemma: making sure that the conception of the dolls is loyal to the culture it corresponds, an issue that they did not pay attention with proximity for the Puert...
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American male designers told Handler that it would be impossible to make such a doll (with stylish clothing and accessories) for an affordable price.The reason for going overseas was in order to create an inexpensive new doll.Forever Barbie.History: Barbie's Debut in 1959 In February of 1959, Barbie was first introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York (Barbie Dolls).Origin of Barbie.
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Barbie embodies American popular culture’s attempt to respond to women’s changing roles in the era since... ... middle of paper ... ... “Barbie is a Million-Dollar Doll,” The Saturday Evening Post, December 12, 1964, 72.Sometimes my Barbie did normal Barbie things, such as get dressed up for an exciting date with Ken or go shopping with her little sister, Skipper.These many women, and their daughters, have made Barbie the most successful toy for girls since 1959, despite Barbie’s many contradictions.Frequently Barbie, in her pink dune buggy, would have tragic head-on collisions with my brother’s dump truck, or the brakes would suddenly go out on her pink Barbie scooter, sending her careening off a steep mountain cliff.Since in every othe...
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So, she drew up a design for one, and she named her Barbie, after her daughter, Barbara (“The Creation of Barbie”).Today, Barbie continues to be the most popular doll in the world, with two sold every minute (“The Creation of Barbie”).Barbie made her first appearance in New York, at the annual toy fair (“The Creation of Barbie”).Web 1 Nov. 2013 “A Barbie World.” Allure Magazine.That year, 351,000 Barbie dolls were sold, which was a sales record in America (“The Creation of Barbie”).
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