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The language in the poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath reveals the authors struggle to escape the memory of her father who died when she was only ten years old The authors descriptions of her father compared him to God a Nazi the Devil and a vampire All of these images are overwhelming on their own but when put together they are colossal and upsetting Throughout this poem Sylvia Plath creates a mounting tone of disgust and animosity aimed at her dominating father This tone is demonstrated through Plaths use of metaphors and stylistic devices such as dialect and punctuation to describe her father In order to get her point across the author casts her father in different roles throughout the poem In the beginning the speakers childhood memories of her father are God-like Her father wasnt God but just a bag full of God 504 While growing up she must have seen her father as a very impressive and powerful man The author goes on to depict her father as a Ghastly statue with one gray toe 504 showing that her father was an overwhelming force The author most likely viewed her father as an unattainable man as well since he died while she was still a young child The narrators feelings of abandonment and domination by her father eventually lead her to view him as a supreme evil This sentiment is made abundantly clear through examples that cannot be ignored Daddy is crammed with images of Nazi Germany and Hitler lines 16-20 29 40-48 and 65 German tongue 504 Barb wire snare 505 Dachau Auschwitz Belsen 505 Luftwaffe 505 and Neat mustache And your Aryan eye bright blue 505 all paint a vivid picture of a Nazi in the readers mind Plaths selective word choice instills a picture of emotional agony in the readers mind To illustrate the amount of control her father had on her as a child the
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