Analysis of Barbie-Q

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Barbie-Q The story, which was chosen to explain theme, was written by Sandra Cisneros. The main purpose of Barbie-Q is trying to expose the evils that young girls experience by playing with an immensely popular toy, the Barbie doll. The doll, which was once viewed as being an iconic positive figure, proves to be the contrary in this story. It shows the obsessive nature of two girls hunt to have and act like an image created by these fictitious plastic dolls. The theme of the story is to show how Barbie dolls are negatively influencing young girls and the drastic change they had on young girl’s observations of relationships, self-image, and childhood innocence. At a young age, these girls are creating stories of infidelity and aggression that mimic how relationships are viewed through the media. “Every time the same story. Your Barbie is roommates with my Barbie, and my Barbie’s boyfriend comes over and you steal him okay?” (Cisneros, pg 576) This is giving girls a distorted insight of what occurs in normal relationships. These stories, the young girls create using theses dolls, make it seem okay if these types of unhealthy relationships occur. The fact that their storyline for these play characters never changes is frightening because these are the types of stories they’ll view as being fun and exciting and influence their interactions with other people in their life years to come. These young girls are receiving an unrealistic image of the ideal women by playing with these dolls because these dolls encompass the image that the media sets to be “society’s standards” of what every woman has to be. “Striped swimsuit, stilettos, sunglasses, and gold hoop earrings.” (Cisneros, pg 576) Very few women in the world walk around wearing such outfits. With this think, these girls will strive to achieve an impractical goal. When they cannot be the image of Barbie, it

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