The convergence in stanzas 11 through 16 illustrates why critics disagree in their assessment of Plath's skill. Clever and inventive in the drumming beats and assonance of oh and oo sounds in "go," "glue," "screw," "you," and "through," the picture of a cloven-footed demon biting a child's heart precedes self-destruction. No longer the sturdy, willful persona of the opening stanzas, the poet-speaker suffers from suicide attempts, the patchwork of psychoanalysis, and a "fat black heart," a guilt-soaked conscience which she plants in her father's breast. A mental picture of the tormenter adept at rack and screw compels her to say "I do, I do," an oral implication of perverse sex and emotional marriage to the father. In the guise of a vengeful bride of Dracula, she kills off the real and the imagined father, a monstrous, self-damning double murder intended to set her free.
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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.