Barbie-Q

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”Barbie-Q”
At first the short story seems very unusual. The way the narrator describes each Barbie doll in such detail that makes you almost see them before you. But it’s not only the Barbie dolls. Even the flea market is described in a way that makes the pictures come alive before your eyes. But the unusual part is the role the Barbie dolls play. What is so special about these dolls, and what is their role? These are the questions that go through my mind. And my head tells me that there lies something bigger behind the story about these simple dolls.
As I read the short story again I can focus a bit more on what is actually happening. It tells the story about two little girls who don’t care how much their toy costs, if it’s a little damaged, or if maybe a piece or two are missing. They just want to play, and that doesn’t require perfect dolls. All they need is a healthy friendship and a well-equipped imagination. Perfection and materialism isn’t everything, and maybe this is what the story is all about.
The narrator, a little girl, who with the help of flawed Barbie dolls, accepts that things aren’t perfect, but that perfection isn’t everything, and thereby rejects the quest for perfection defined by society. Instead she speaks of a society, where flaws are a natural thing that shouldn’t matter a great deal. As she speaks of all these flaws, it’s unclear to us if she alludes to flaws of her own, but nevertheless she accepts them, which is something even some adults have trouble doing. This little girl has accepted that things are a way, and why should that way be wrong.
Therefore I find the story quite thought-provoking. At first it didn’t really trigger any thoughts, most of all because it was difficult to see the meaning behind the actual story. But as I read the story a few times, I began to think of a deeper meaning, and that’s when the thoughts began to…...

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