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Andrew Sobler English 151C, Section 01 Prof. Kate Cartwright 11 June 2007 PAPER #2: POETRY The poem I will be doing for this paper is entitled “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, on page 494. One of the primary themes presented throughout the poem is female body image, and it is this which probably leads to the eventual demise of the character so described in the poem. I think what the poem says about female body image is that it is so built up, and probably it is determined by what other people say, and so it is enveloped in the back of almost every little girl’s mind, and what people say is what little girls will most likely think as said before, whether what people say is positive or negative. A quote from the poem that I find to be applicable is, “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs”(lines 5 and 6). This quote can back up what I said at the end of the opening paragraph about how what people say can have a profound impact on the people they’re directed towards, and go so far that they would to extremes to be “perfect” and “pretty”. Another quote I find applicable is “She was healthy, tested intelligent, possessed strong arms and back, abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.”(lines 7 through 9) I believe this quote is the total opposite of
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course BUSA 101 taught by Professor Guidetti during the Spring '07 term at Northampton Community College.

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