Sylvia Plath Essay - Crowley 1 Tressa Crowley Professor...

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Crowley 1 Tressa Crowley Professor Yessick English 102: MW 6:00 March 26, 2008 Daddy Dearest Sylvia Plath had a very complicated relationship with her dead father. At times she despised him, and at others she cherished his memory. “Daddy” characterizes the different aspects of that bond and how it affected Plath’s life. In the poem, Plath compares herself to a Jew and ends up committing suicide by gassing herself. Her suicide symbolizes Plath’s need to fit in the molds she created for herself and her father. This poem may have exaggerated some aspects of the father-daughter bond, but it also was a deeper insight into Plath’s reasoning. In the first few lines of “Daddy,” Plath conveys her anger towards her father: “Daddy, I have had to kill you. / You died before I had time” (Plath 778). This line illustrates Plath’s internal conflict over her father’s death. She is upset because her father dies before she really gets to know him. His death makes Plath bitter toward him and the relationship she missed out
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