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Literary devices aid the reader in the explication and understanding of a poem They also convey the theme of a poem and the authors feeling for a given subject This is proven in the poems Barbie Doll and Mirror which are authored by Marge Piercy and Silvia Plath The theme in Barbie Doll is societies flawed idea of female perfection in contrast the theme in Mirror is womens flawed view of themselves The literary terms associated with Barbie Doll and Mirror are use of didactic poetry symbolism and satirical poetry Although the themes differ both are portrayed through the use of aforementioned literary terms proving that society negatively influences a womans view of herself Both poems Marge Piercys Barbie Doll and Sylvia Plaths Mirror are forms of didactic poetry They were each designed to teach a moral and ethical lesson society forces women to conform to false standards of perfection Upon reading Barbie Doll this issue is discerned best in the girls unreasonable resolution to cut off her big nose and fat legs in an effort to consummate perfection In Mirror this is best exemplified in the final lines of the poem in me an old woman rises toward her day after day like a terrible fish The tone proves the negativity associated with a womans aging and how this contributes to her feeling of ugliness Symbolism is used to convey the false views society has toward women in both poems In Barbie Doll and Mirror symbols help the reader understand the theme Symbolism is shown in Barbie Doll with the girl cutting off her nose and legs This should be likened to the lengths at which people actually go to falsely improve themselves such as liposuction eating disorders and excessive dieting Mirror symbolizes the lake as the drowning of her youth and beauty the mirror symbolizes her actual appearance while the moon and candlelight are symbols of societies skewing her own view Both poems
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