Analysis Of `` Daddy `` By Sylvia Plath And Ted Hughes Essay

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For thousands of years, women were told that they were inferior to men. Men wanted to control women to make themselves look good. Specifically, Sylvia Plath was oppressed in her literary life by Otto Plath and Ted Hughes. These two men influenced her writing in many different ways. Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy,” reflects the biographical context of how growing up with her father and her relationship with her husband affected her writings. Sylvia Plath’s father inspired her writings by their “bond” and his death. Otto is always spoken about in a negative way. In John Rietz’s article, Sylvia Plath states, “He was an auto-crat. I adored and despised him, and I probably wished he were dead. When he obliged me and died, I imagined him that I killed him” (47). Statements like this show up in several articles about Otto. Jeffery Meyers writes that Plath did everything that Otto despised (78). Meyers also quotes from Sylvia, “He was an ogre, but I miss him” (78). As the readers can tell, it was a love hate relationship between Sylvia and Otto Plath. This led to her writings with several Otto allusions. Five of Plath’s poems refer to her father (Churchwell 125). Ted Hughes mentions Sylvia’s hatred toward Otto Plath. Ted discusses in “Birthday Letters” how Plath is the bullet in her father’s gun, Otto Plath tells Sylvia what to do, and Otto is Sylvia’s “god”. Ted writes “[y]our Daddy, / the god with the smoking gun” and “[I] was the real target” (Churchwell 129). Ted then continues with…

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