What Barbie Represents in Sandra Cisneros’ Barbie-Q

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Barbie is a toy that every young girl treasures. Barbie is tall, skinny, blonde, fair-skinned, beautiful, successful, and fun. She has all the right clothes, cars, and friends. Barbie is a fictional character that many young girls dream to be like. In Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros, Barbie symbolizes the cultural norm for the "perfect women  that even the narrator wants to be like, however the damaged Barbie she finds represents that she cannot be the perfect women because she is from intercity Chicago, she shops at a flea market, she is very poor, and she is Latina.

It is obvious from the way the young narrator describes Barbie that she dreams she could have all the possessions of Barbie. She wishes she had the wardrobe of her Barbie, or even the one belonging to her friend. She knows the name of every piece of clothing that Barbie is wearing right down to the shoes. She says, "Yours "Red Flair,  sophisticated A-line coatdress with a Jackie Kennedy pillbox hat, white gloves, handbag, and heels included.  This is a vast amount of detail for a young girl to comprehend. When she sees the "Career Gal  outfit at the flea market she can describe every piece and she knows it is made up

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