Daddy

Emotional Associations in Daddy

Daddy by Sylvia Plath is poem about the speaker’s bitter feelings about her father and then about her husband. The poem initially is read in a child-like tone—the word Daddy indicates that the speaker is or was a little child, in this case, a little girl. There are many emotional associations that can be attributed […]

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Daddy

In this poem, the poet gives the reader an insight of her experiences with men and especially her authoritarian father. The poem opens with a tone of anger as seen in the repetition of the word “you do not do”, line 1. This anger is later directed at the “black shoe” which has contained her […]

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Daddy

In Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Daddy”, Plath makes many connections between her stifling father and her own husband. Plath discusses her conflicts with her own father, which do not end with his death, but continue when she marries a man just like her father. Plath displays a sort of evolution of her feelings for her father, […]

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Daddy

Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy,” compares the father who abandoned her in untimely death to a Nazi and a brute. Otto Plath died of gangrene when Sylvia was eight, which could have possibly been avoided by prompt treatment for diabetes and admission of the reality of his condition to his family (Axelrod.) When Sylvia later writes in […]

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