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In "Barbie-Q," what is the story theme?

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One theme in the short story “Barbie-Q” by Sandra Cisneros is that of poverty. The two girls in the story have to make do with “the mean-eyed Barbie and the bubble hair Barbie and the one outfit apiece” because they cannot afford to buy other toys. When a “big toy warehouse” burns down on Halsted Street, the girls are finally able to buy other toys at the flea market on Maxwell Street. However, the toys are in a sorry state; all of them smell of smoke, and all of them have been spoilt by the water. In spite of...

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