What are some themes and literary devices present in the poem "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy?
One theme of this poem is to show that it is soul killing to conform to the beauty image our society demands of women. An intelligent, healthy, and good natured young woman is brainwashed from earliest youth through her dolls to look a certain way. When she is criticized as she grows into puberty for having a big nose and thick legs, and told to act a certain way, it begins to impact her. She seemingly gets surgery—apparently a nose job and perhaps some work on her legs—and uses a lot of makeup to try to be pretty. But it kills her inside.
Piercy uses figurative language to describe what happens to the young woman. After the surgery and make-up, she is compared to a corpse in a coffin. A reader could interpret the young woman as being either literally dead, or that...
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