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Christen GoodinGoodin 1 Corby EN 1103-33 26 April 2001 Examining Sylvia Plaths Daddy In Sylvia Plaths short but tumultuous lifetime she endured many heartaches and difficulties which she expresses in her poem Daddy In this poem she expresses the kind of anger that most women suppress 17 Plaths failed marriage to British poet Ted Hughes caused her to have a negative view of men in her life and she applies this view to her father in Daddy In the opening of the poem she states You do not do you do not doAny more black shoeIn which I have lived in like a footFor thirty years poor and white Barely daring to breathe or Achoo lines 1-5 Plath stated in one of journals shortly before this poem was written My life is a discipline a prison and she is referring to living in a prison of male enslavement in Daddy Although her father passed away when she was eight years old her memory of him was not fond In talking to him through this poem she states I have always been scared of you With you Luftwaffe your gobbledygoo lines 41-42 and refers to him as a German Nazi your Aryan eye bright blue line 44 In associating her father with the Luftwaffe which Goodin 2 is the German Air Force she makes her father epitomize the militaristic role of domination Plaths husband Ted Hughes is mostly to blame in this poem She was fiercely dependent on her husband and had a history of relying on men for self-worth Gilmore 52 Plath states to her father I made a model of you line 64 alluding to the fact that she married a man just like him Her seven year marriage ended in separation so in Plath saying If Ive killed one man Ive killed two line 71 she is stating that the two most important men in her life were not there
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