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by Marge Piercy

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In the poem "Barbie Doll" what is the significance of the end of the story when the character dies.  I need a literary analysis of this poem please.

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Marge Piercy creates dark, situational irony in her poem "Barbie Doll" through the use of imagery and pop culture references.  The poem addresses the importance society places on feminine beauty, emphasized by the female character's desire to be found attractive. 

In the end of the poem, the unnamed woman, frustrated by her "fat nose and thick legs," hacks them off and dies.  Piercy uses the last stanza to create an ironic twist; in death, the mourners at the...

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