The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy depicts a child that was once a normal girl child because she looked reminiscent of a normal girl. She played with dolls and miniature stoves, which made her, seem even more like a normal child. She then enters adolescent puberty which causes drastic changes to her physical appearance, which ultimately cause her to become insecure about herself. The poem “The Leap” by James Dickey also depicts a female character going through her adolescence as a top runner within her grade level. The poems do have some similarities; however, they also have several differences.
The poems “Barbie Doll” and The Leap depict two very different female characters. They both seem to be going through difficult life changing events. The early childhood of the girl within “Barbie Doll” is depicted as being idealistic, because she is said to be engaging in normal childhood activities, and she is depicted as being attractive. Jane MacNaughton within The Leap poem is somewhat similar to “Barbie Doll” because she is depicted as a seemingly normal person at first; however, Jane MacNaughton is depicted in the seventh grade, whereas “Barbie Doll” is depicted at a juvenile stage of life.
The character within “Barbie Doll” starts off as a happy child that continues her early childhood as a happy girl. She engages in activities that any normal girl child would engage in, such as playing with her dolls. Once she enters puberty the difficulties arise. She is teased by her classmates for having a big nose and fat legs. This caused her a great deal of stress and anxiety. She was advised to alter her diet, and exercise. This obviously did not work out because she became even more insecure and frustrated with herself. Her good attitude ultimately wore out because nothing seemed to work. Her final attempt was to have herself physically altered by a plastic surgeon. She ultimately dies from the