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An Interpretation of the Symbolic Features of the GI Joe Action Figure Twelve years ago the generation of todays young adults were enthralled with the endless hours of fun they got from their GI Joe action figures Wild scenes battles and situations they created ran their day and formed their thoughts of the ideal man GI Joes physical build was looked upon as the perfect male body with a muscular suave look and a brave and violent temperament This stereotypical property is a downside to the figure since it molds the views of young children in this negative way The GI Joe was a very important piece in many young boys lives It was an outlet for a childs creativity and imagination which is one of the most important factors that mold a child into a grown adult GI Joess symbolized the general census of the public that men should be physically strong and brave in physical encounters Young boys saw the muscular build of the action figures and related that to the optimal shape that a mans body should be GI Joes are similar to Barbie dolls in many ways Although GI Joes did not come under as much criticism as the Barbie doll the two important characteristics of the figures are the same Both figures promote the stereotypical image of the malefemale body and both figures characteristics promote the stereotypical actions of how one should act as a member of that gender Each day of his life a young boy is learning and forming the ideals he will follow later in life The appearance of a tall perfectly proportional and muscular figure molds a young boys belief of what the perfect man should look like The same characteristic is true about the actions that GI Joes were expected to carry out GI Joes were fearless brave men whose mission in life was violence When young boys played with these figures this was
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