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How Society’s Pressure Is Portrayed In “Barbie Doll”

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From a very young age Society has a huge influence in our everyday life. Growing up depending whether you are a boy or girl to fit into society norm being a little boy you would play trucks, dirt and rough house with other boys. As a little girl you would play with dolls, kitchen sets and dress up. As you get older society social pressure becomes a problem being a girl growing up. You are told how to a lady is supposed to look or how you are supposed to act and things you should be doing. What happens when someone cracks under the pressure and gives up? In The Barbie Doll the poor girl child confidence and self-esteem is consume by society pressure and of her peers opinion on of how a woman ...view middle of the document...

Does every women have to literally look like a Barbie Doll with absurd measurement like 39"/21"/33" to be accepted.
As the abuse continues the girl child trains herself to act and do everything possible to feel normal in the 3rd stanza it states that “She was advised to play coy, exhorted to come on hearty, exercise, diet, smile and wheedle”. At this moment her confidence and self-esteem are nonexistent anymore. The girl child has become in a way society’s puppet. She is no longer happy with herself. She begins to see what everybody else sees just a big nose and fat legs. She is no longer this strong intelligent girl but a great big nose and a pair of fat legs.
“Her good nature wore out like a fan belt. So she cut off her nose and her legs and offered them up. The girl child has had enough.”
Society wins. The girl child reaches her breaking point has decide to cut off her nose and legs. In the last stanza of the poem everybody is at the funeral. The undertaker has made a putty nose painted her face and has...

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