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Sylvia Plath's Daddy

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Introduction

Sylvia Plath's Daddy Daddy, is a very interesting poem written by Sylvia Plath. It displays many examples of imagery through similes, metaphors and other poetic techniques. Sylvia Plath's use of language, structure and poetic techniques contribute to the tone and mood of her poem, Daddy. The overall tone of the poem show her feelings of anger and confusion towards the 2 dominant males in her life, her father and her husband who shows a resemblance to the father through his betrayal. The mood of the poem can be described as sympathetic and sad and is established by the way Sylvia Plath appeals to the responder's emotions. Gender and Power play an important role in the poem and also contribute towards the tone and mood of the poem. Sylvia Plath's use of harsh language to describe her father makes it obvious to the responder that she is angry at her father's death. ...read more.

Middle

Sylvia Plath introduces her husband further into the poem and describes him as a copy of the father through his betrayal. In the second last stanza she writes: "If I've killed one man, I've killed two..." This shows that she has the same angry feelings for the both the husband and the dad as they are alike. She also refers to him metaphorically as a vampire who drank her blood for a year. This suggests that he had taken the life and power out of her. Although the tone of the poem is mostly angry, it also adopts a childish and selfish tone at some times. This is shown through her repetitive use of the word "Daddy" instead of father, which a child is more likely to use. The fact that she is angry and cannot accept or forgive her father's death can be seen as an example of childish behaviour. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gender and power links with the tone and mood of the story because it is the domination of the men's power over her feelings and emotions that cause her to become so angry. The mood of the tone can be seen as both sad and sympathetic towards Sylvia Plath. For example, in stanza one, Sylvia Plath uses the metaphorical terms "foot" and "black shoe" to symbolise the relationship between her and her father. The foot and shoe not only represents protection and the need for protection but it also helps to establish the close relationship between the father and her in the poem. This strong imagery contributes towards the sympathetic and sad mood of the poem because Sylvia Plath has made the poem personal and appeal directly to the responder's emotions. The sympathy is directed towards Sylvia Plath because the poem is biased and the father and husband are described to be like evil villains. The poem does not support the father or husband's side of the story. ...read more.

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