`` Daddy `` By Sylvia Plath

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Over six million innocent lives were taken during the Holocaust. It had a significant effect on much of the world’s population, and it still has an impact to this day. In Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Daddy”, she shows her emotions for her father, Otto Plath. Sylvia Plath lost her father at eight years old when she still had much love for him (Famous People “Biography”). After a number of years, hatred is built up inside of Sylvia towards her father. When her father first died, she loved him and she grieved over her father’s death. After years of confusion, she eventually decided and wrote, “Daddy, Daddy, you bastard, I’m through” (Line 80). In “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath, the author resents her father and husband so much that they are comparable to Nazi Germans, showing her feelings for them through poetic devices.
The speaker says that her German father is like a Nazi and that she feels like a Jew. This metaphor is the most powerful one in the entire poem. It shows us as readers how she feels like she is a victim of her father. She never directly calls him a Jew though. She points to the fact using metaphors and imagery. For example, the author wrote:
I thought every German was you.
And the language obscene
An engine, an engine
Chuffing me off like a Jew.
A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen.
I began to talk like a Jew.
I think I may well be a Jew. (“Daddy” Lines 29-35)
She compares the German language to a train, taking her to a concentration camp. Her father speaks German so this…
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