Cisneros expresses her story about society and how we portray women to be perfect and materialistic, when in reality, we are not perfect and we as women each carry flaws.
In “Barbie-Q,” Cisneros makes a critique about society’s assumptions of gender roles, appearances of women, and expectations of women.
Cisneros goes on to convey a message to the readers that we have to appreciate all that we have, and not take it for granted.
The audience can tell how living in a home without enough money to buy brand new Barbies has affected the girls and their outlook on life.
The girls seem to agree to accept their background they come from and begin to understand that it does not matter whether you have the top quality and new edition.
One little girl says, “So what if we didn’t get our new Bendable Legs Barbie and Midge and Ken and Skipper and Tutti and Todd and Scooter and Rickie and Alan and Francie in nice clean boxes and had to buy them on Maxwell Street, all water-soaked and sooty” (Cisneros 559).
She dreams of having Barbie’s wardrobe and materialistic things.
She knows the name to every article of clothing that Barbie is wearing right down to the earrings and shoes.
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In Sandra Cisneros’s “Barbie-Q,” a child’s fascination of flawed Barbie dolls makes the narrator accept her own identity by disposing the society’s ideals of women.