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What would be an appropriate and relevant theme statement for the poem "Barbie Doll"?

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The idea of conformity is key to the theme, but Marge Piercy is not saying that women must first lose their identity in order to find one.  It would seem, rather, that Ms. Piercy implies that a girl should focus on her attributes rather than finding fault with herself. Never should a girl conform to the ideas of beauty to the extent that she injures or kills herself as the "girlchild" of the poem does.

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I agree that, though society places unrealistic expectations on both men and women, this poem really only deals with women--or in this case girls.  The idea posted above is a...

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