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Chief Works In 1959, Plath wrote "The Colossus," a painstaking evaluation of her deceased father. After three  decades of labor, the speaker's plastic reconstructions fail to re-create the man she knew only from  childhood memories. The astonishing controlling image of a fallen giant places the speaker in the  seriocomic role of a Lilliputian, who climbs ladders and traverses the oversized brow and pate of a  fallen Gulliver. Locked in the hell of ambivalence, she explores fantasies meant to free her from loss,  betrayal, and remorse. Charged allusions to Aeschylus's Oresteia and the Roman Forum dignify the dead father as they  tinge a lifelong search with subtle shades of tragedy. The poet-speaker allies herself with the Greek  Agamemnon's doomed twins, Orestes and Electra, who destroyed themselves by attempting to  avenge the father's murder. A pivotal image — "married to shadow" — tethers the harried speaker to 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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