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In this poem Plath is describing the relationship between her and her father We can see her relationship was not an easy one by her use of the simile I have lived like a foot for thirty years poor and white barely able to breath or Achoo In describing herself as poor and white she gives the contrast between white and her and her fathers black shoe It suggests that he was strict and she had been afraid of him When she describes herself as poor she does not mean in the sense of material value but emotionally The word marble-heavy a bag full of God gives the idea of her fathers heavy authority Despite all the anger Plath still wishes to join him and mentions that at twenty I tried to die To get back back back to you This shows that although even in death he retains his power over her life The imagery used suggests the influence her Daddy had and still has on her He is described as huge Ghastly statue even his toe is as Big as a Frisco seal Suggesting that her father represents a big and threatening presence This is backed up by the way Plath compares her father to the Germans With your Luftwaffe And your Aryan eye bright blue Panzer man panzer man O you She uses similes and metaphors such as Chuffing me off like a Jew A Jew to Dachau Auschwitz Belson This clearly shows she is comparing her feelings to that of the Jewish people She is filled with hopelessness The tone of this poem is adult and very dark and depressing In contrast Plath continued to use the word daddy almost childlike Daddy daddy you bastard She went on to marry but chose a man who is just like her father I made a model of you The poem ends with threat of another suicide attempt She
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