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...change from playing with toys to cutting off body parts exhibits how hard it is to be unsure of yourself in a society that judges women so harshly. In the final moments of the poem, Piercy describes the young teen on her death bed. Her face is perfect as it has cosmetics “painted on” along with a “turned up putty nose” (20-21). She is dressed in a pink and white night gown. Those around her comment on how pretty she looks. This shows that the only time anyone will ever see a teenage girl as perfect is when she is destroyed. This girl was murdered by the judgment of society; the first time society ever complimented her was after it had destroyed her. Throughout “Barbie Doll” society’s standards that are imposed on teenage girls are brought to life through the description of this young lady’s experience with bullying, which ultimately brought her to perfection, death.
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