An Analysis Of Marge Piercy's 'Barbie Doll'

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Words Cut Like a Blade The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy has such a deep message that will instantly pull the heartstrings of many individuals within the world upon reading. Each and every person standing on the planet has had a moment in their life when they do not feel as if they can meet anyone 's standards. They also feel as if they are too fat and ugly to fit it to today’s society. We all have been told some very hurtful words in our lives, some that stick for longer than others, within the creases of our fragile brain. We continuously tell ourselves that it 's going to be okay at the end of the day but the real question is, will it real be okay? When initially looking at the title, one may come to the conclusion that the poem is…show more content…
For example, line one continues onto line two, line two continues onto line three, and line three continues onto line four of the poem without any pauses in the poem. The first line of the poem reads, “This grandchild was born as usual” (Piercy 1), continuing to line two “and presented dolls that did pee-pee” (Piercy 2), continuing onto line three and four “and miniature GE stoves/ and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (Piercy 3-4). The author also uses run on lines on the third stanza as well as the fourth stanza. The use of these run on lines make the reader feel more connected because at each pause of the poem, the girl is starting as well as stopping a new phase within her life. Piercy also uses one simile in the poem “Barbie Doll”. The simile is used in the third stanza. “Her good nature wore out/ like a fan belt” (Piercy 14-15). The use of this simile is comparing the girl’s good nature to a fan belt because it is saying that one can only take too much abrasion on their body physically and mentally before eventually they break and snap into two pieces just like the girl that is being talked about in the poem was. The use of this simile was very strong and made the reader of the poem be able to easily relate to what the speaker is talking
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