Daddy Sylvia Plath Summary

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In the poem, “Daddy" by Sylvia Plath, the speaker, a young girl, shows herself as a victim who trying to once and for all set herself free from her “daddy 's” grasp. Though her daddy died when she was only 10 years old, the ghost of him still haunts her. In this poem the speaker creates a figurative image of her father, using strands of metaphors and analogies, to describe the relationship she, the speaker, had with her father. The girl in the poem seems to not know sincerely how to feel towards her father as she ends up going through this journey throughout the poem, discovering just who her father truly was. At a young age, the narrator viewed her father as this godly figure, to her, he was a “bag full of god”. Seeming to have a…show more content…
Fascism is an extreme authoritarian type of government, she then suggests that every woman had loved one at some point, going on the describe what these women possible loved so much. The man 's "boot [women 's] face," seems to show a rather cruel way to establish dominance. The speaker could possibly be relating this to her parent 's marriage, and maybe even her own. As a result, she began to grow and understand who he was, as the once godly figure she praised as a child, had now turned into a swastika. This drastic image change of her father seems to suggest a possible connection to the War. As many World War II references can be seen within, this only leads to suggest that her father possible had some part in World War II. The speaker further on suggests that he was, in fact, a Nazi. This would make sense since as to why the girl 's image of how she viewed her father turned from a god-like figure into a swastika, the Nazi symbol that has come to be associated with evil. Towards the end of the poem, the girl makes her daddy out to be a giant evil Nazi and for a short moment, the girl plays both a jew and a…show more content…
Suggesting back to when the speaker called her father a fascist, believing all women love one, maybe this was the speaker falling for her very own fascist. The speaker continues on and described the man as a “vampire" who drained her for not only one year, but seven, suggesting that she did go on to marry the model of her father, and thus being in an unhappy marriage. The girl could have been drawn towards the man because he remembered the girl of her father, and her father died when she was young maybe she was left with a need to have someone like her father around. The speaker falling for a man whose actions mirrored her father 's behaviors suggest that though she had already begun acknowledging who her father truly was, the memories of him still had a control over her and some of her life decisions. But the speaker suggests that though her marriage did last seven year, the young girl still gets her revenge. The speaker announces finally that she killed the image of her father and of the man who mirrored her him. This poem is about a girl who struggles with the idea of her father. As well as the want to know more about who he was since he died when she was so young. The poem shows the battle she has with herself wanting to be set free. Making a relationship with him through metaphors
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