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DADDYessay - Section I Summary In the poem Daddy Sylvia...

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Section I: Summary In the poem, Daddy, Sylvia Plath reflects on the rather complex and dark relationships experienced with a woman’s father and eventually with her husband. Through Daddy , Plath tells how the speaker’s father impacted her life starting off at a very young age. In the very first stanza of the poem, she says how the speaker lived in a “black shoe,” referring to how unhappy she was living, as well as feeling trapped and scared constantly. Plath goes on to talk about how the speakers’ father died before she was ready for him to go. In reality, Plath’s father actually died from Gangrene, which may be hinted in as Plath refers to her fathers “grey toe.” As well, early on in the poem, Plath says that the speaker used to pray to “recover” her father, meaning that she perhaps wished to get him back, but currently no longer wishes to regain him. As Plath gets deeper into the poem, she begins to make references to World War II, and doing so begins to set a much more gruesome and dark tone in the poem. The speaker of the poem expresses how she could never talk to her father because she was utterly terrified to do so because her tongue would get stuck “in a barb wire snare.” The speaker’s father appears to have constantly spoken German, a language that seemed quite brutal and offensive. In turn, the speaker began to see her father in every German man she encountered, truly showing how horrified she was of her father. Plath begins to compare the speaker of the
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