"Daddy" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

A critical analysis of Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy".
# 66930 | 1,900 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 22, 2006 in English (Analysis)

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The paper analyzes the poem, discussing the poet's relationship with her father. The paper cites different stanzas throughout the poem to explain Plath's fear of her father. It reviews her father's character, as it is developed in different metaphors in the poem, such as a black shoe and a black swastika. The paper speculates on a possible tie-in between Plath's father and her husband. In conclusion, the writer suggests that perhaps it is Plath's own acknowledgment of the contradictory emotions inside of her which have freed her from her "Daddy's" iron psychological grasp.

From the Paper:

"Plath describes her father vividly through the language which she uses. Though the comparisons made are not always immediately clear in respect to their relation to her father, they create single mental pictures that are paired to create a solid mental image of a harsh, oppressive patriarch. The first stanza begins to calibrate the readers senses to the kind of man Plath's father was. It is painfully obvious that Plath felt rather subdued by her father: "Barely daring to Breathe or Achoo"."

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