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How does Plath reflect her thoughts and feelings in Daddy
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How does Plath reflect her thoughts and feelings in Daddy?
The first stanza of Daddy opens with a simple rhyme "You do not do, you do not do, Anymore, black shoe." The first stanza gives the reader the impression that the poem is relatively simple and lulls the reader into a false sense of security. In the second line of the first stanza, we see that Plath likens herself to a foot in a black shoe. This "shoe" is tight and constricted, smothering her and suppressing her actions. The shoe is representative of her father, whilst she the foot, is restricted and bound by him, not even daring to breathe or "Achoo". The use of the word Achoo has a very child-like tone to it and shows us the state of mind Plath was in at the time. Perhaps when talking about her father, Plath reverts back to her state of mind when she last saw him, which in this case, would be when she was a young girl. As the stanza progresses, we see that the poem progresses into a sort of twisted nursery rhyme, which is soon replaced by graphic images of Nazism and the effect
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