Analysis Of `` Daddy `` By Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath had turbulent and unstable life leading up to her suicide. Her father died when she was very young, although he held considerable weight in her poetry. Sylvia even dedicated an entire poem, titled “Daddy”, to her thoughts and feelings about her deceased father. Ted Hughes, her husband, also proved to be a large influence in much of her work, and also helped shape her ideas of feminism and motherhood. He was also referenced in the poem “Daddy”, along with many other poems. Depression and mental illness was another major factor in her work. She wrote about it heavily in her diary and especially the poems she wrote towards the end of her life. Sylvia Plath’s poetry is in large part shaped by her relationship with her father, her…show more content…
Plath won a Pulitzer prize in 1982, making her the only person to win this award posthumously. Sylvia Plath’s father, Otto, was a huge influence in her work, especially in her poem “Daddy”. Otto wasn’t alive for too long for Sylvia’s life, but he still left a huge impact on her life and her work. Many of her views of men and Germans - her father was an immigrant from Germany - were based on her interactions with Otto. In ‘Daddy’, she tells her father “You do not do, you do not do / Any more, black shoe / In which I have lived like a foot / For thirty years, poor and white, / Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.”(eyayuf #). This shows how scared and small the felt around her father. She felt as if she lived in a “black shoe”, emphasizing how powerless and tiny she felt. “For thirty years”, she has lived an afraid and anxious life. She also tells her dad that “I have had to kill you You died before I had time——”. Her father died when she was around the age of eight, but even so, he left a lasting enough impression to cause such an amount of hatred and disgust from Sylvia. She also called him “a bag full of God”, which paints him as a powerful authoritative figure. She also felt like she could “never could talk to you. The tongue stuck in my jaw.” This only furthers the emotions she felt about her father. She was too scared to say anything. Her father was a powerful, authoritative figure that she has felt an extreme hatred for her entire life. Sylvia Plath’s
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