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Reaction To Sylivia Plathes "Daddy" Essay

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My interpretation of "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
Marlene Williams
December 15, 2012
Michele Watson

My interpretation of "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath

“Daddy” by Sylvia Plath is a dark and solemn journey through the thoughts of a young girl scorned. This young girl becomes the woman who continues to carry the burden of her childhood in her adult life. The setting and feeling of the poem is dismal and full of rage, a rage Sylvia Plath claims to put behind her in the last line “ / Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through. / “(Plath, 1963) but in reality she was never capable of escaping the pain. The poem “Daddy” if the wording is taken literally as opposed to figuratively and or ...view middle of the document...

There seems to have been many negative impacts on Plath’s life because she could never tell how father how she truly felt and a lot of this negative impact evolved from his death. Plath attempts to replace her father with the image of a Nazi as she feels as if he has left her alone to suffer the cruelties of the world. This can be seen in the seventh stanza which reads “/ Chuffing me off like a Jew. / A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen. / I began to talk like a Jew. / I think I may well be a Jew. / “(Plath, 1963). She feels alone and scared, unsure of what the future holds or how to properly deal with it. Sylvia Plath's writing suggests that she felt as if she was left alone to suffer a never ending oppression.

The meter of the poem can be compared to those found in many nursery rhymes. It is as if Plath’s intent was to portray a childlike innocence in the wake of her despair The pain she felt was one carried form her childhood, the voice of the poem begins as that of a young child. This voice seems to mature into that of an adult as the poem carries on, expressing thoughts of despair and grim detail. Sylvia Plath carried the pain of her father’s death from the moment it happened at eight years of age until she was an adult. The Poem is full of metaphor and symbols, she lived her life trying to fill the void left by her father’s death unsuccessfully. In the twelfth stanza Plath describes how she tried to cut herself loose from the burdens her father’s death place upon her life. “/ Daddy, I have had to kill you. / You died before I had time. / “(Plath, 1963). Plath is alluding to the unhealthy burden she carried through life with the memory of her father, and the extent to which her father's loss affected her is painfully obvious.
She later goes on to speak of her husband in this poem, yet another replacement for her father who only brought more pain than comfort as he was unfaithful to her and left her for another woman. Once again the man she loved failed to reciprocate the affection in the manner Plath longed for. In the last two lines of the thirteenth stanza and the first two of the fourteenth, Plath refers to her husband Ted Hughes, the poem reads,”/ I made a model of you. / A man in black with a...

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