Daddy by sylvia plath Essay

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In the poem “Daddy”, Sylvia Plath says that there are women who, due to early conditioning, find themselves without the tools to deal with oppressive and controlling men. They are left feeling helpless and hopeless. For some women, the struggle is never resolved, others take most of a lifetime. For a lucky few, they are granted a reprieve.
The speaker in this poem is Sylvia Plath. The poem describes her feelings of oppression and her battle to come to grips with the issues of this power imbalance.
The poem also conjures the struggle many women face in a male dominated society.

The conflict of this poem is male authority and control versus the right of a female to be herself, to make choices, and be free of male domination.
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An example of this “If I’ve killed one man
I’ve killed two-- The vampire who said he was you”. The powerful imagery of these lines overpowers any of the rhyme scheme.

The tone of this poem is an adult engulfed in outrage. This outrage,at times, slips into the sobs of a child. This is evident by Plath’s continued use of the word daddy and the childlike repitition “You do not do, you do not do” and “Daddy, daddy, you bastard”. Fear from her childhood moves her in directions that will take her far from herself. In one line in the poem she brings us starkly into the world of a child’s fear. She uses words that sound like the words of a child staring out at us from behind “a bardwire snare” “I have always been scared of you.”     

This poem portrays a bleak picture of life for some women. However, we know that Plath was able to resolve her conflicts. She states “ Daddy I’ve had to kill you” and “Daddy, you can lie back now. There’s a stake in your big fat black heart”
Athough it appears that Plath has reached resolution this is not the case for many women who find themselves under the thumb of a male. These women should look to this poem for help. It is a beautiful argument that clearly shows that she climbed from total domination by a male to freedom

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