Who is the speaker in the poem?
In the poem, "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy, the speaker narrates and observes the anonymous girl's life as she attempts to cope with fitting into the expected role of women. The speaker could well be the poet, herself, because Piercy is considered a feminist who has fought for women's rights and their individuality so as not to be forced into the hollow mold of society's expectations.
The third person narrator of the poem begins the first stanza describing the "girlchild's" birth and youth with the typical toys girls are given such as wetting dolls, toy kitchens, and candy lipstick. These are significant images as they shape what society expects women to become: mothers, housekeepers, and sexual beings. However, the girl in the poem is intelligent, strong, sexual, and capable, all at the same time. Ironically, however, she does not have the Barbie doll...
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