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Barbie and Her Playmates
Transcript of Barbie and Her Playmates
Her Playmates By Nujhat, Deepa, Aya
and Ruqiyah Pattern and Essay Development Intended Audience Thesis Voice Rhetorical Devices In Don Richard Cox's "Barbie and Her Playmates", his thesis is that playing with dolls like Barbie, encourages young females to mature too quickly and to have unrealistic expectations of life and believe an unreal world Diction 1- Cause and Effect 2- Comparison Block arrangement.
Point-by-point/ alternating arrangement. In Barbie and her Playmates... 1- Introducing cause and effect:
Introduction: background info
How Barbie is different from other toys.
Proof for cause existence and importance:
"They seem to become a permanent part of the twentieth century life" Educated parents with young daughters
Students of popular culture "The point here is not that Barbie is a doll of questionable morals, but we should note that her lifestyle is remarkably uncluttered and free of such complications as nosey little brothers or nagging parents" "Life for Barbie appears to be a kind of endless summer vacation, an extended tour of summer homes and resorts, free from school, family, and financial worries"
"Barbie's exact relationship with Ken is noticeably loose"
"As a model sister, Barbie, who leads a life free from responsibility, is able to simulate a similar desire for independence in its owners" "Barbie and Her Playmates" "Accordingly we find today that young males are interested in action figures, male dolls who are supposedly basically rugged individuals devoted to an outdoor life." "Physically, however, as many people have pointed out, Barbie is a rather fully endowed and curvaceous woman possessing a figure few nineteen-year-olds have." Allusions/References American Dream: Have you ever played with action figures or dolls? 1- Introduce cause and effect:
argue familiar C&E from a new perspective 2- Give logical reasoning and argument:
examples and analogies
fair, objective tone (proposing not stating) 3- Counter argument:
Refute or accommodate 4- Patterns in cause and effect essays:
C&E vs. E&C
Giving background information
Causes/ effects in order of increasing importance 2- Effects in order of increasing importance:
"One doesn't simply buy a Barbie and stop."
"Young girls, however, have had their feminine play roles changed significantly by Barbie."
Barbie is free from school, family, and financial worries.
Barbie doesn't encourage behavior imitative of realistic, normal living patterns
Barbie caused young girls to mature quickly "If Barbie indeed provided a behavioral model for a segment of the population, the values instilled in her miniature utopia will play an increasing role in the lives of those children who buy her version of the American Dream" Elvis, Donny Osmond: "The girls who screamed for Elvis were seventeen, those who now swoon at Danny Osmond are eleven" Youth Protest: "Similarly, it has been proposed that many of the youth protests of the late sixties reflected the desires of a generation that was used to seeing life neatly resolved in sixty-minute segments on a flickering tube" "If Barbie has indeed provided a behavioral model for a segment of the population, the values instilled in her miniature utopia will play an increasing role in the lives of those children who buy her version of the American Dream." Detail
"Barbie could ski, camp, swim, skate, cycle, perform gymnastics, boat, dance, shop, have her hair styled, or just entertain friends in her studio bedroom, her country home, or her penthouse apartment." Imagery only minor visual imagery
none that is effective/important Syntax "The first of her kind, Barbie helped create a whole new breed of dolls - the fashion dolls." "children, after all, involve responsibility..."
"Of interest also..." "Barbie seemingly lives alone in all of her plushly furnished homes although there are certainly enough chairs, couches and beds to accommodate overnight guests. Again, Ken is free to visit any time he wishes." Tone Informative/Factual Critical/Opinionated "Will she produce a generation of sexually liberated playmates intent on jetting from resort to resort? Will these same playmates become a group of frustrated cynics if their private Barbie fantasies do not come true?" Sarcastic "There are no children in Barbie's life; children, after all, involve responsibility and Barbie is not one to be burdened by such responsibilities." more mature meaning
emphasizes maturity of children "Barbie's 'Dream House' then became one of her first 'non-fashion' accessories." "First of all Barbie is obviously not a child. She is a teenager and therefore is usually 'older' than the child who owns her" "Almost any activity open to today's teenagers became available to Barbie, and by extension became available to those who brought Barbies into their lives" "Barbie's exact relationship with Ken is noticeably loose" "Although she has no parents to cast shadows into her life of constant boating, skiing, and camping, she also does not seem to have a need for them" "Although she owns an extensive amount of sporting equipment, Barbie seemingly has no need for employment that allows her to purchase this merchandise" "These dolls are mostly 'baby' dolls, dolls that require young mothers to feed and diaper them." "And, although a certain amount of fantasy is involved, presumably these fantasies will one day become more or less true when the child experiences motherhood herself" Media "Will they, like Barbie, resist the responsibilities of having children, or, following Barbie's lead even more completely, resist the responsibility of marriage and family altogether?" Ask yourself: Is Barbie really something children should be playing with? "Physically, however, as many people have pointed out, Barbie is a rather fully endowed and curvaceous woman possessing a figure few nineteen-year-olds have."