Allusions In Daddy By Sylvia Plath

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Continuing with the theme of human suffering, another of Plath’s most important ideas is that throughout history, women have been oppressed. Plath expresses this idea in many of her texts such as, Daddy, Lady Lazarus, Never Try to Trick Me with a Kiss, Munich Mannequins and many more. One of Plath’s most effective and commonly used techniques used to express this idea is historical and religious allusion. Specifically, in her 1963 poem Daddy, the use of historical allusion can be seen throughout the entirety of the text. Plath demonstrates the fear and oppression she experienced with her father by writing “I think I may well be a Jew”. This is historically contextual as Plath’s father was a German immigrant and by referring to herself as a
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