Sylvia Plath's Poem 'Daddy'
One of those connections is in lines 33 through 35 of “Daddy” when Plath uses the images of Jews in Dachau, Auschwitz, and Belsen to demonstrate her strong connection to the Nazi treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust (291). In line 16, when Plath says, “In the German tongue, in the Polish town,” this suggests that her German origins from her father could have been a reason for the Holocaust images throughout this poem. Another reference is in line 29 where Plath states, “I thought every German was you,” making it seem as though Plath’s father’s German affiliations scared her. Also, Plath explains how scared she was of her father and his “Luftwaffe” which was a German air force (291). In line 46, Plath is saying that the swastika is God-like which illustrates that the German’s symbol is more important than God. Plath then states, in line 49, “The boot in the face…,” referring to the Nazi soldiers’ black, tall combat boots while marching (291). Plath also states, “I made a model of you/ [a] man in black with a Mein Kampf look,” referring to her father saying that he looks like Adolf Hitler, the author of the book “Mein Kampf” meaning “My Struggle” regarding to the Holocaust. She then says, “[a]nd get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do” (292). This is a reference to the Jewish victims of the Nazis during the