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.
The main question is why? Barbie is just a doll; to be more specific, a piece of plastic dressed to perfection. Barbie lives in a world where women are superior and uses her boyfriend Ken as a mere accessory. She was made ideal; from the perfectly designed curves to every flawless detail on her face. In retrospect, Barbie was created as an image icon for all to love and admire.
In this essay, I am going to look into how this dramatic structure brings about the theme of feminism in “A Doll’s House”. The dramatic structure of “A Doll’s House” parallels with Nora’s self-discovery, which in turn, helps portray the theme of feminism. Since “A Doll’s House” is set in a patriarchal society where men take the leading role and women are considered relatively inferior, the audience would find it easy to relate to the way Nora behaves and how she interacts with her husband. Nora, the female protagonist of the story has always been seen as a doll her whole life by her father and her husband. “I’ve been your doll-wife here, just as at home I was Papa’s doll-child.” (267) The men in Nora’s life has always treated her like a doll.
In the third stanza I could tell by the descriptions that she is a young adult, and is being pressured by the real world to be “perfect” in every way. The last stanza is the stage in life that everyone goes through, but maybe not as soon as this young girl, which is death. At the beginning we see her youngest, purest years of life. She did the things that most young girls do. She had “dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry red,” (1-3).
The house itself aids in further development of characterization. Much of the play’s setting is limited to the living room. This creates a claustrophobic sense with Nora being hemmed inside this harsh world where she is not given liberty or freedom. Nora is a doll trapped inside of her own doll house and is metaphorically a plaything for her husband, thus, the living room having a significant symbolic value. Act II occurs in the same setting as Act I.
In addition, she witnesses her daughters grow up with Barbie influence. Smiley believes that Barbie dolls can be role models for young girls, and she also thinks girls like Barbie because with the doll they can discover new things, girls define their femininity, and it is their liking during childhood. Jane Smiley states that young girls like Barbie dolls because they can try on a no-holds-bared (376). Smiley’s daughters are in the childhood stage when they are often curious to try something. Smiley says, “Both of them learned how to put makeup before kindergarten” (376).
The rhetorical stance that Prager conveys is that Barbie is one of the many reason that young adolescent girls today have body image issues. The intended pathos for “Our Barbies, Ourselves” is directed to those who can relate to Prager’s feelings towards Barbie. Young and middle aged girls can understand Prager’s reasoning for her mixed feelings. Prager gives examples of how she played with Barbie when she was younger and how she felt knowing that Barbie and Ken could never become romantic. Those who have played with Barbie dolls at some length can grasp what Prager was talking about.
* Support all staff and engage in a good staff team * Being flexible working in the nursery and to help where needed, including working in different rooms e.g. working in babies room or toddlers’ room * Undertaking certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, cleaning tables with anti-bacterial spray, making sure the floor is not wet like water spillages. * Working alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that children are safe and happy * To respect the confidentiality of information received. * Washing and changing children as required * Providing comfort and warmth to all children.
Visual similes such as “The classroom glowed like a sweet shop” encourages the reader to further reminisce about their childhood, remembering the positively happy time most children freely experience. The poems also highlights the security children have at school with the quote “Mrs Tilscher loved you.’” It suggests that when children are not protected by their guardians, their teacher’s act as a parental figure, implying that children are protected at all times. The idea of security adds to the positive view on primary schools and is reinforced when Mrs Tilscher “smile and turned away” after being asked an inappropriate question. Although patronising this quote justifies the idea of Mrs Tilscher being portrayed as a motherly figure after sheltering the children from
The setting being so life like can be a familiarity for so many women. “Yours, ‘Red Flair’, sophisticated A-line coatdress with a Jackie Kennedy pillbox hat, white gloves, handbag, and heels included.” Every child just cherishes each toy like it is their prized possession. As a child, everyone wants the latest trend just to keep up with their friends, unlike these girls in “Barbie-Q” aren’t fortunate enough to get new toys after each is released. These girls made do with what they had and made it work. “This and a dress invented from an old sock when we cut holes here and here and here, the cuff rolled over for the glamorous, fancy-free, off the shoulder look.” These girls just patiently wait until Christmas comes, not even for a new doll, but a new outfit.