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The poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath is a dramatic and allegoric scene of suffering and turmoil endured by Plaths character while fighting against the destructive forces embodied in her vampire-father and vampire-husband Axel catalogues the character as the replica of a person who suffered the Elektra complex Here is a poem spoken by a girl with an Elektra complex 51 As the readers gradually move through the poetry we feel the heroine intense spiritual living Also we confront the Father-God figure the Father-Nazi figure the Father-Vampire figure and finally we confront the Husband-Vampire figure To create this last image Plath takes not only the vampires bloody side into consideration but she also describes the vampires destructive force exerted over the speaker You do not do you do not do any more black shoe In which I lived like a foot For thirty years poor and white Plath 1-4 However as Kroll remarks The first half of the poem describes the heroine and her spectacular act 120 while the second part is successively replaced by the vampires role in different forms Moreover Plath creates the vampires double identity by playing with the poems words sometimes to refer to her father and sometimes to refer to her husband As the classical vampire who uses blood for pleasure and for survival the vampire from her poem resembles all these qualities Although the vampire is a parasite he is the one in control and also the one who makes the rules in the first part of the poem The first twelve stanzas of the poem are dominated by the childhood image of her father which persists into adulthood Nance 125 Her fathers dominance is recollected not only from her memories but also from her real experiences He is described as a dreaded parent who inspires fear into his childI have always been scared of you Plath 36 However at the same time he inspires admiration
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