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Unformatted text preview: I believe Barthes is a bitter and self righteous old French man who is too hung up on the material required to make a toy, rather than the purpose the toy actually serves in a child’s life. Toys have always had the capacity to stimulate creativity. How much a child gets out of a toy is dependent on the power of their imagination. Videogames, for example, are made to be interactive and nowadays they even provide elements of exercise and encouragement. Other toys like “Simon” and “Bop it” provide mental stimulation that help to strengthen both the child’s hand and eye coordination and proper brain function. A doll could potentially limit a child’s imagination if they treated it like a person rather than an object, but playing with a doll could also help a child practice normal interactions and relationships between people on a smaller scale that could later help them to establish friendships in their future lives....
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- Spring '10
- English, toy, Doll, Roland Barthes