The Theme of this short story written by Sandra Cisneros is poverty. Cisneros begins the story with Incidental Symbolism, a description of the Barbie dolls "Yours is the one with mean eyes and a ponytail Âť and "Mine is the one with bubble hair Âť and the clothing for the dolls â€ťwhich evidently they made themselves â€ť"This and a dress invented from an old sock when we cut holes here and here and here, Âť from a protagonist's point of view. We can see Cisneros's intention was to provide the reader with the type of situation the characters are dealing with â€śbeing so poor that they can't have nice looking Barbie dolls, nice clothing to go with them, and a variety to play with.
The way the characters have their Barbies act, we can also gather how living in poverty has affected the characters' behavior, their language, and their outlook on life in general. For example, "Your Barbie is roommates with my Barbie, and my Barbie's boyfriend comes ove