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Themes Involving the Poor Using Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros Main Paper Works Cited Outline A childs 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 fits 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 Cisneross 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 Career Gal and Sweet Dreams illustrates the concept of poor children accepting damaged toys This excitement and acceptance comes from the feeling of being just like everyone else and fitting in The childs anger at being poor demonstrated in her play habits creates a theme Through motivated action action that offers the audience a reason for how the characters behave Sandra Cisneros creates a realistic character The girls motivated action is the desire to have the Barbie dolls While playing with the old dolls the girl relates a story of two Barbies This
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