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Daddy By Plath Essay, Research Paper Plath?s poem "Daddy" describes her feelings of oppression from her childhood and conjures the struggle many women face in a male-dominated society.

Daddy By Plath Essay, Research Paper

Plath?s poem "Daddy" describes her feelings of oppression from her

childhood and conjures the struggle many women face in a male-dominated society.

The conflict of this poem is male authority versus the right of a female to

control her own life and be free of male domination. Plath?s conflicts begin

with her father and continue into the relationship between her and her husband.

This conflict is examined in lines 71-80 of "Daddy" in which Plath

compares the damage her father caused to that of her husband. The short stanzas

containing powerful imagery overwhelm the readers forcing them to imagine the

oppression that the speaker went through in her short life. The tone of this

poem is that of an adult engulfed in outrage and who oftentimes slips into a

childlike dialect; this is evident when the speaker continually uses the word

"Daddy" and also repeats herself quite often. The last two stanzas of

the poem, especially, portray a dismal picture of life for women who find

themselves under a dominating male figure. The passage seems to show that the

speaker has reached a resolution after being kept under a man?s thumb all her

life. In lines 71-80 the speaker compares her father and her husband to vampires

saying how they betrayed her and drank her blood–sucking her dry of life. She

tells her father to give up and be done, to lie back" (line 75) and in line

80, she says, "Daddy, daddy, you bastard, Plath?s attitude towards men is

expressed in this passage through her imagery of the villagers stamping and

dancing on the dead vampire. The speaker says "If I?ve killed one man,

I?ve killed two?" most likely meaning that all men are the same and

ridding the world of one is equivalent to ridding the world of both. She is also

killing off the mature childish ideas of her father being her husband (Electra

complex), and ridding herself of those feelings. In line 72, "The vampire

who said he was you / and drank my blood for a year / seven years, if you want

to know" describes her husband and the ability of male power to strip a

woman of her sense of self. (Plath was married to her husband for seven years

during which he had an affair with another woman.) He has drained her by

drinking her blood, or figuratively sucking the life out of her. In line 75,

Plath states, "Daddy, you can lie back now," as if to say the damage

is done. "There?s a stake in your fat black heart and the villagers never

liked you," is relevant to the image of vampires because stabbing them with

a stake to the heart is the only way they die. The villagers can be thought of

as another persona for Plath who has gotten over her resentment of her father

and now has just decided to forget about him. "They [the villagers] are

dancing and stamping on you. / They always knew it was you," is almost

ambiguous because it is not clear whether Plath is directing this to her husband

or her father. If to her father, it means that she has figured out that it was

her father in Ted?s place all along and subconsciously Plath knew that and

didn?t want to believe it. Yet, in the last line, it is clear that Plath was

able to resolve.

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