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Janie thomson
Mrs. Schmitt
English 110
24 September 2008
Give Me More
Hair, make-up, shoes, and clothes- it seems as if the possibilities never end. What young girl wouldn’t love the magical world of dolls? Dolls have been around for generations, entertaining little girls by allowing them to imagine all the glitz and glam of being a woman. What these girls do not realize, is the message that is subjected into their young sponge-like brains. Dolls, like any other toy, have their star days, until the “new” doll comes out. This perpetual creating of newer, “better” dolls instills a strong sense of materialism, greed, and vanity into young girls. Ultimately, this will face them with the question that many adults find themselves wondering: when is it ever enough? Toy companies are responsible for keeping up with the latest trends, and keeping children entertained. The problem with this is that every time manufacturers come up with a new doll, it seems as if that new doll also must come with new “stuff”. I thought Barbie had it all; Mansions, Jacuzzis, even the perfect man. Apparently, that was not the case. Once the old Barbie’s hair is butchered and has a missing leg, it’s time to shove her in the closet with the rest of the old dolls and buy something new. Out comes Polly Pocket, she has everything that Barbie had, except it’s all small enough to fit into a size 5 shoe. How genius, now Polly Pocket has all the room she wants, for all the stuff she wants. What more could a young girl ask for? That is, until the next doll comes out. This pressure put upon young girls to be up-to-date with the new, “cool” dolls makes them unappreciative of what they have, and fills them with a constant longing for more “stuff.” This can cause conflicts with parents, friends, and other relationships later on in their lives. It becomes a never-ending trap, and this faculty of greed becomes imprinted in these young girls’ minds. Materialism is easily...
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