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Daddy VS Papa In the two poems Daddy by Sylvia Plath and My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke the father is the main subject Daddy is set in a hatred tone while My Papas Waltz is humorous Sylvia Plath seems to be letting out anger towards her father while Theodore Roethke is setting a tone only he can understand The little boy in My Papas Waltz does not resent his father in anyway While Daddy shows Sylvia as hating her father for what he did In My Papas Waltz Theodore Roethke seems to have been manhandled as a child While Sylvia Plath in Daddy was never physically harmed but emotionally Written in the 1960s Daddy seems to have taken place in the 40s As a child Sylvia Plath grew up to think of her father as God He was the head of the household and ran the house with an iron fist Her father was a German who came to the United States from Poland Sylvia refers to her father as a Nazi when in fact he was not one at all Otto Plath Sylvias father was in fact a Republican not a Nazi Her mother may have been partly Jewish So as she finds out her father was German and a very domineering man she resents him for what his nationality did to her mothers nationality Sylvia Plaths father died from gangrene when Sylvia was only 8 It seems as though the girl in the poem is not Sylvia at all but a person she made up whom is similar to her Daddy is a poem of total rejection It seems as though she hates all men not only her father Plath confesses that after failing to escape her predicament through attempted suicide she married a surrogate father a man in black with a Meinkampf look who willingly was just as much a vampire of her spirit one who drank my blood for
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