Essay about Analysis Of Sylvia Plath 's ' Daddy '

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Sylvia Plath was a well-known American poet. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she grew up to be a straight-A student in school and published her first poem at the age of eight. Sylvia was a very bright student growing up and she was very popular. “I think I would like to call myself ‘the girl who wanted to be God’” (Barnard 15). Sylvia set such high goals for herself because she wanted to accomplish the “impossible” (Barnard 15). Although Sylvia seemed like the perfect poster child, she had many demons hiding inside of her. Her father, Otto Plath, passed away when she was eight years old due to diabetes. During the time she had growing up with her father, Sylvia felt as if she were so trapped and scared to be in his presence that she didn’t know if it was okay to breathe. It is understood by her poem “Daddy” that she expresses her anger towards her father. She names him a Nazi, “Hitler himself”, ghost, vampire, a devil and a few more. After his death she is finally free of his strict ways which was what she had been waiting for. Most of her childhood was taken away because of the way her father treated her, however, still with the “freedom” of her father gone, she had feelings of betrayal that the only man in her life had left her (Poetry Foundation.) This event in her life is what most specialists believe to have triggered her depressive tendencies and to have caused the poet to hate her father for the pain his death imposed on her.
While in college at Smith, she wrote over…

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