Posted on 2005-03-18 by Approved Guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing. He keeps cutting her down and not letting her grow. Not only is the tree prohibited from growth, but she is altered, injured, and incapacitated in order to fulfill the expectation or the will of an outside being. Every day as he whittles back the branches the gardener croons, It is your nature to be small and cozy, domestic and weak; how lucky, little tree, to have a pot to grow in. A woman is expected to be attractive and the influence of her home molds her to conform to a physically appealing image. By comparing the young lady in the poem to a Barbie doll, the author reveals the irony of the title.
Barbie, Bild Lilli doll, Bratz 1727 Words 6 Pages Barbie: Should the Doll be Modified? Shift: Colon and List Women are oppressed and dehumanized in the way they are manipulated and deceived by the expectations of society. The poem explains how the women are deceptively made to lead limited lives. The pot is aesthetically pleasing, and the tree should mimic such physical attractiveness. In reality all the creature wants is a friend, but Victor does not understand. But a gardener carefully tends to the small, young tree. In this poem Marge Piercy uses a theme, symbols, and a plot to describe the ideal girl.
It also implies materials for interior decoration. All totaled, there are now over one hundred and fifty different dolls under the Barbie brand. The theme of misconception, similar characters, and the theme of alienation and loneliness all present themselves throughout each piece. What Piercy lacks to acknowledge is that woman let themselves get torn apart by others and to be less then they really can be. Their thoughts must be silenced and their freedom must be extinguished. The gardener is a man because it is described in line 9-10, Every day as he whittles back the branches. The theme of this poem is that society is not accepting of people who do not represent the ideal woman.
By using a list to close the poem, Piercy declares her final message to the reader; women are dehumanized by demeaning expectation. The title generates a satirical piece through the language used in the poem. There is too much importance and too much anxiety placed on women to surrender to the image of being or becoming a Barbie doll. This is relevant because it is within society today and will stay that way if not changed. Women suffer for the sake of beauty. The first characteristic Piercy uses to emphasize the stereotypes attached to women are images, colors, and toys that are traditionally associated with.
I am a little curious though about the last two line. One notable feature of the poem is its use of free verse. All women have the potential to be giants of the spirit to flourish, to live to grow to struggle to thrive. It is describing something else. Lower class mothers would bind the feet of their daughters in the hopes that they would become rich and beautiful.
Both explain that their suicides were influenced by their feelings of not being 'perfect', rather or that the people around them did not think they were 'perfect' or 'good enough'. If you are small physically, the male will not be intimidated by you; thus, they will be drawn to you, and the ultimate goal of having a husband to serve will be attained. Since 1960, it started to be an issue on women to fit in and become what others want them to be. Instead of the tree expanding out and growing to its full potential like it would like to do, the gardener cuts it down every day and prevents it from growing at all. He would commonly use such works as the basis for larger compositions painted in the studio. Cinderella, Fairy tale, Happiness 1209 Words 3 Pages Why trade natural skin for plastic? The Pot Lightning symbolizes the ominous expectation of society. The words and phrases in the poem express how young girls are influenced to acquire a perfect body that is often unachievable.
The tree is used for commercial benefits and made to adopt an unatural shape and size. Lakas Period 3 June 8, 2008 Marge Piercy A lot of authors express their emotions, thoughts and feelings through works of literature. The harshness of the word indicates a force that causes death The tree is split by lightning The tree is killed by lightning The weak bonsai is killed before it has the chance to grow to its potential. Piercy explains that the child was a normal kid, not bad looking, not in bad shape, but simply does not meet the expectation of not having fat legs and a big nose. Marge Piercy, a well-known author, was inspired by the stories her grandmother and mother would tell her throughout her childhood.
Both the bonsai tree and the woman are viewed as results of artifice. Though the poem lacks rhyme scheme, the structured display gives it a polished feel and relates to how the bonsai tree is kept in exact shape. Sponsor 122 Free Video Tutorials Please I make on youtube such as. You may deny that you have inert aggressive leanings, but you would be lying. The bonsai tree an obvious parallel to women has the chance to reach great length and to test the outer limits with no bounds until their time on earth is up God strikes with lightning.