Summary Of Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy

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Sylvia Plath makes it clear in her poem, “Daddy” that her father was a male-dominating, evil individual. Just because she and her father were bound together by blood, doesn’t mean that she doesn’t want to escape his overpowering grasp. Sylvia Plath put a playful twist on the cold-blooded relationship she and her father had during life and death. By writing this poem in such a wicked tone, Plath makes it notable that she was unhappy and dreaded being or thinking of her father. Through metaphors, imagery and wordplay she brings the reader into her life and gets them to accurately understand her struggle to overcome her unjust father. Uniquely, Plath uses a descriptive vocabulary to compare her relationship with her dad as: Nazi and Jew. Some …show more content…
Any more, black shoe / In which I have lived like a foot / For thirty years, poor and white, / Barely daring to breathe or Achoo (2-5).
Plath makes it known that she is tired of being dominated by her father (and other men because she lived through a male-dominating time period), she wants to be free from her father’s controlling grasp, which still remains even after his death. Furthermore, Plath wanted to escape all the memories they have and erase the image for which she’s created of him. On top of that, the author uses imagery to help the reader better understand the emotions she had towards her father:
At twenty I tried to die / And get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do // But they pulled me out of the sack, / And they stuck me together with glue…
In “Daddy” it says that the father died when Plath was the age of 10 and at age of 20 she tried to kill herself. This is saying that no matter how much she tried to escape the grip of her father, she just couldn’t break the awful connection that remained. When she writes: “Daddy, I have had to kill you. / You died before I had time— “(6-7). That she is realizing that her father died before they could create a better relationship, therefore now that he is dead she must live with the bad memories, but she is finally ready to let

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