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The strength of this poem comes from Sylvia Plaths ingenious use of forceful vocabulary and powerful imagery The theme of the poem is her obsession with her dominant but dead father Instantly Sylvia introduces the idea that her father was a dominant figure in her life You do not do you do not do Anymore this gives the impression that during her childhood she was under her fathers influence We get a picture of just how influential her father is when she starts imagining her father being an enormous statue And a head in the freakish Atlantic from this we can gather that the statue is overarched all over the world which symbolizes just how overwhelming Sylvias father was in her eyes The dominances which Plaths father had over her resulted in a desire to kill him or his authority I have had to kill you You died before I had time I believe that this overpowering pressure which Sylvias father exerts on her drove her to utter hatred towards him We know this because she insults her father time and time again by picturing him as a Nazi solider I thought every German was you We also get the idea that she feels that her dad in some ways torched her just like the Nazi did with the Jews an engine chuffing me off like a Jew she puts herself into the Jews position In this poem we also learn that after her fathers death it broke her heart which led to her attempting to commit suicide to try and be reunited with her father At twenty I tried to die And get back back back to you We then learn that she finds a husband who is a spitting image of her fathers personality So she finally stops mentally communicating with her dad Her husband is described as being a vampire Finally the last line is very powerful which gets the point
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