In American society, the common stereotype is that the father has the role of the dominant figure

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In American society, the common stereotype is that the father has the role of the dominant figure in the household. Sylvia Plath and Sharon Olds may come across as two seemingly different poets, however, they are really quite similar, especially in their driving forces behind their writing styles in poetry. The lives of Plath and Olds are both expressive of the realities of a father-dominated family, in which both of these poets lost their fathers at a young age. This is significant because both poets have faced a similar traumatic event that has had everlasting effects on their adult womanhood, which is reflected in their writings. For both these woman, their accesses to father-daughter relationships were denied based on life…show more content…
Both poems make allusions to Greek deities as a metaphor for the common perception that the father is the dominant one in a family. The numerous attempts of the speaker’s infatuation with “The Colossus” with restoring the fallen statue and Olds’ comparison of alcoholism to the Greek deity, Saturn both vividly symbolize that a father’s decisions whether its life or in death, has its consequences. In, addition it is for a young girl growing up to have a father figure in their lives and how the absence of a father figure can impact a young woman’s life tremendously. Plath touches upon the highs and struggles of her life growing up, such as the tragic loss of her father, which is reflected within her work. Sylvia was confused and angry about her father’s death. Plath expresses her hate for why her father is gone, hence why she became depressed and mentally ill because deep down inside she felt like she could’ve prevented his death. Plath always felt like a victim to the male-dominated society, especially when it came down to her father. In “The Colossus”, the speaker tries in vain to piece fallen Colossus of Rhodes back together and to make it speak to her. This depicts her broken relationship with her father for which she was trying to piece back together as well. The Colossus was extremely tall statue of the Greek figure Helios. Plath uses this statue to represent a

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