Daddy Sylvia Plath Analysis

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parent’s words or actions leave behind an astounding effect on a child. Whether positive or negative, those are moments that shape and alter the child’s life. In Sylvia Plath’s poem Daddy, the story tells how the narrator copes and continues her life after her father dies. Even after his harsh treatment and rude demeanor while he was alive, his stills is an entity that she herself lives her life by. Plath conveys the narrator’s of confinement with the use of metaphors, repetition, and allusion throughout the poem.
The usage of metaphors throughout the poem shows the reader how much Plath feels trapped by her own father. For example, in the beginning stanza, Sylvia describes her father as a big black shoe and her, a white small foot inside
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In the ninth stanza, the speaker references how she is scared of her father and uses examples that subtly discriminates him as a Nazi. Throughout it, she makes references to the German military by connecting her father to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), Panzer Man (German Tank Men), and Even Hitler himself by referencing to his “neat mustache”. These instances from this stanza all connect the narrator 's father to his German roots and effectively portray him as a Nazi. It shows the audience how the narrator views her father, and ultimately makes the distinction between her fathers personalities and that of a nazi’s. Another example from daddy also makes references to the narrator considering herself to be a Jew. In stanza seven, the narrator explicitly calls herself a Jew after making reference to the fact that every German she encountered she thought was her father. During World War II, the Germans overpowered the Jews, almost the same way that the narrator feels overpowered by her father’s very essence. When the speaker makes the comparison of Nazis and Jews, she immediately makes the reader concur the overall feeling of helplessness she felt against her
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