Marge Piercy’s poem entitled “Barbie Doll” is a depiction of social projection into the eyes of the described character. “She was healthy, tested intelligent, / possessed strong arms and back, / abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. / She went to and fro apologizing. / Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs (Piercy 1-5).” Women in the society of the “Barbie Doll” are perceived as objects of desire without capability of acting for their own cause. Women were put in a box where they could not create their own identity and ideology as women of their society. It only shows that women are created through the needs and use of men. However, the irony in this poem is that despite of the illustration of women as sexual objects, they were described as elegant, beautiful, meaningful, and priceless. It only means that women are known to be the most significant object in the terrible society of “Barbie Doll.”
Anne Sexton’s poem entitled “Cinderella” is a depiction of the usual scenario in a woman’s life – from rugs to riches. “Cinderella was their maid. / She slept on the sooty hearth each night / and walked around looking like Al Jolson. / Her father brought presents home from town, / jewels and gowns for the other women / but the twig of a tree for Cinderella (Sexton, 30-35).” Nevertheless, the irony in this poem is that even if women are engraved in the society of poor and incapable of doing things, they will soon find their special someone who will give them the strength and power to overcome their fears and struggles in life. Therefore, Cinderella justified the notion of identity and social identity through the help of men right beside her.
Piercy, Marge. “Barbie Doll.” 23 July 2008. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/barbie-doll/
Sexton, Anne. “Cinderella.” 23 July 2008. http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/annesexton/563