Barbie Q

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Themes Involving the Poor Using "Barbie-Q" by Sandra Cisneros Main Paper | Works Cited | Outline | A child's world usually revolves around having fun and playing with toys. Before a child enters school, toys can be anything from a pot and a spoon to something bought at the toy store. After a child enters school, toys become the defining idea of who "fit's in" and who is left as an outsider. The better your toys, especially the ones you bring to show and tell, the better your chances of fitting in. Barbies are often a popular toys for girls. In "Barbie-Q," Sandra Cisneros's theme involving a young, poor girl demonstrates that poor children will accept slightly damaged popular toys in an attempt to be accepted by their peers. Through characterization the young girl introduced becomes a heroine and demonstrates the excitement from feeling, briefly, as if she fits in. Although the flea market on Maxwell Street is within a poor neighborhood, the young girl becomes very excited with just the sight of the Mattel boxes. She states, "On the outside you and me skipping and humming but inside we are doing loopity-loops and pirouetting." The excitement from buying "Caree Continue...


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The girl point out, "from so much dressing and undressing, the black glitter wears off and her titties stick out"(218). Although the flea market on Maxwell Street is within a poor neighborhood, the young girl becomes very excited with just the sight of the Mattel boxes. Mother wanted, more than anything, a Barbie so that she would have dolls like her friends. This parallel to real life demonstrates the child's want of more Barbies, even if they are not perfect III. My grandfather was a trash man and the family had very little money to spend on four children. Top Outline Thesis sentence: In "Barbie-Q," Sandra Cisneros's theme involving a young, poor girl demonstrates that poor children will accept slightly damaged popular toys in an attempt to be accepted by their peers. As demonstrated by the story of my mother, the want children have for toys occurs in every household across the nation. The child's anger at being poor, demonstrated in her play habits, creates a theme. She declares, "so long as you don't lift her dress, right -- who's to know" (219). The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She states, "On the outside you and me skipping and humming but inside we are doing loopity-loops and pirouetting. Through motivated action, action that offers the audience a reason for how the characters behave, Sandra Cisneros creates a realistic character. Mother wanted, more than anything, a Barbie so that she would have dolls like her friends.