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Analysis and comments on Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy

Comment 10 of 10, added on November 9th, 2011 at 3:28 AM.

I agree, Angela!

s.l.
Comment 9 of 10, added on October 28th, 2010 at 8:17 PM.
dude

i love it


terra from Bahamas
Comment 8 of 10, added on February 19th, 2009 at 6:52 AM.

This poem shows woman's suffering about her appearance. Marge Piercy
explains, "So she cut off her nose and legs"(17). woman sacrifices her life
to look beautiful. In fact, Barbie Doll is an image of how woman should
look like. The author gave a famous Doll name to compare woman with it.
When a little girl receives a Barbie Doll's gift, she loves it because it's
beautiful. The girl's personality starts to develop on what she is
receiving and seeing in her childhood. She sacrifices her life to look like
a Barbie Doll which is impossible. This poor girl starts to suffer, and she
develops an anxiety, depression, and self-concerned. She sees the image of
a society that enforces woman should be embodied and have a sexy chap. She
loses her self confident and becomes inferior and weak.

Saadia from United States
Comment 7 of 10, added on June 22nd, 2008 at 5:56 AM.

It does make sense when you read the poem again that Marge's words isn't
necessarily referring to the girl's death. So in this way, the casket is
the bed of the newly weds under the commonly used quote, "Marriage is the
tomb of love"

Barbie Dolls are plastic toys, they're merely the values that our society
wants to add on every girl. And after all the girls offer up their natures
for the peer pressures or the marriage, they become barbie dolls in
caskets.

Carl from Taiwan
Comment 6 of 10, added on April 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 PM.

in regards to the definition of consummation given by Ashlee.. it really
means "the point at which an act is completed or finalized- SUCH AS
"completion of a marriage by sexual intercourse"

sara from Canada
Comment 5 of 10, added on March 9th, 2008 at 9:07 AM.

While I can see the nightie as a wedding gown and all...I see it as more or
less she is undergoing cosmetic surgery in order to change her flaws. Let
us not overlook that pink and white are colors also commonly associated
with Barbie and girls in general..the putty nose could very well be the
plastic nose. Just a thought.

Angela from United States
Comment 4 of 10, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 6:17 AM.

This poem is more then just her "killing herself", this poem is about
marriage and the only way to find a guy was to work herself to the bone, to
get rid of her nose and legs. she didn't actually cut them off, the white
and pink nightie.. a wedding dress, undertaker-her mother, in order to find
a husband she gave her feelings and thoughts up.. to become.. plastic.. a
carbon copy of a Barbie doll. the end stanza where she said "Consummation
at last" ...consummation is a term that means the completion of a marriage
by sexual intercourse.

Ashlee from United States
Comment 3 of 10, added on January 25th, 2008 at 11:28 PM.

Sure the poem is shocking but I think it's poorly done. I usually don't
complain about unrealistic endings but this was unrealistic and
ineffective. We don't really learn much about the girl and don't get any
picture of how she felt. The chopping off of her legs and nose is
incongruous, if you know what I mean.

doonyryan from United States
Comment 2 of 10, added on October 14th, 2007 at 3:43 PM.

This poem, for me, shows the harshness of words and the extremes that
people take them to. It should be a wake up call for us, and to watch what
we say.

Alyssa from United States
Comment 1 of 10, added on April 21st, 2007 at 5:38 PM.

This poem has a pretty extreme outlook on the subject of perfection. I
think the author is trying to say that the standards of how a woman should
look are set impossibly high, and therefore many women have low self esteem
and depression. The girl in the poem fatally hurts herself to live up to
the expectations of the world. She cuts off her legs and nose and
therefore, dies. This poem is a way too depressing and extremist for me.

Blah Blah Blah

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Information about Barbie Doll

Poet: Marge Piercy
Poem: Barbie Doll
Volume: Circles on the Water: Selected Poems of Marge Piercy
Year: 1999
Added: Feb 27 2003
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