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Cox-1 Jeff Cox Professor Finnegan English 112 27 February 2009 The Light Saber In the essay “Toys” by Roland Barthes modern toys are examined and scrutinized. Barthes really dislikes modern day toys and believes that they are changing today’s youth into a bunch of imagination less robots that just use and never create anything. Barthes believes that when a child is given a complex toy that just re-creates something from the adult world that the child can only identify themselves as owner and never creator. Barthes thinks today’s youth are programmed by their toys to only accept modern values and beliefs. When a child plays with a stick from a tree they are giving it life, they are creating and imagining instead of just using something premade by another likely adult person. The child can imagine that stick to be whatever they would like, it can be a cane, a kitchen appliance or maybe a sword. In Barthes’s opinion the child’s world and possible whole life is shaped by the toys they use as a child. Barthes has a big problem with synthetic materials such as plastic. He calls toys made
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This note was uploaded on 07/28/2009 for the course MUS 187 taught by Professor M during the Summer '09 term at Anne Arundel CC.

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