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In "Daddy", Sylvia Plath shows intense emotions towards the relationships she had with her late father and husband.

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Analyse 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath In "Daddy", Sylvia Plath shows intense emotions towards the relationships she had with her late father and husband. It powerfully represents the psychological process of working through, and ultimately overcoming, an extremely negative personal experience. The character in this poem is Plath herself and it spans across a series of decades. It starts when Plath loses her father at a very young age, "You died before I had time- ", at a time when Plath still loved her father unconditionally. She tries to replace her father with her husband, a man who is identical in personality and habit. Over the years, as Plath becomes older and wiser, she sees these men for their true colors. She begins to illustrate feelings of anger and resentment towards them through use of vivid metaphor, imagery, and tone. The colour black often represents oppression and constraint which seems fitting then, to be used in conjunction with the shoe in which she has lived, as this could refer to an opressive society as it was ...read more.

Middle

In lines 53 and 54 Plath not only compares her dad to Hitler but to the devil as well. In the twelfth stanza, the poem takes a different direction and splits into a whole other story. Ten years after her fathers death Plath is still in mourning and tries to physically replace his presence in her life. She married a man who had the same look and traits as her father, "I made a model of you, a man in black with a Meinkampf look and a love of the rack and screw. And I said I do, I do". Plath uses imagery to describe her husband as a 'vampire' an image or reflection of her father, a weaker or paler version of him who still haunts her long after his death. She again uses imagery when saying that this vampire drank her blood for seven years- Plaths marriage of seven years had drained her of life and energy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The themes prevalent in this poem are oppression and emancipation. The notion of oppression is evident when Plath uses the metaphors Nazi' and Jew' to describe her father and herself. This imago connotes that she is dependent on her father for survival as well as the fact that she is battling an internal war inside her and that she at this point, is a victim because of her father's abandonment. It was until Plath entered her marriage, and realized the connection between her husband and father, that she was able to see her father for what he truly was. For as Plath grows older she begins to resent who he was to her, and the tone changes from a child's to that of a fiercer woman, strong with attitude. She states in the last three stanzas, "So daddy, I'm finally through" and again in the last line, "Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through". It seems as though, at the end of the poem, Plath was finally able to resolve her conflict with herself and her father. ...read more.

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