What Is The Tone Of Sylvia Plath's Daddy

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Landon Rafay Cregar ENGL 1302 7 April 2015 Analyst to Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” The poem “Daddy,” by Sylvia Plath, is about a daughter, the speaker of the poem, the speaker is expressing her feeling toward her father. She is angry with him for not being there for her and leaving her when she was a child. The poem takes place in many different symbolic places. Sylvia Plath in her poem, “Daddy,” uses many symbols and her tone toward the story, to show how the speaker feels about her father. Plath starts out with her poem with the speaker saying, “You do not do, you do not do / Any more… / For thirty years,” meaning that she is now free (lines 1-4). She says that she had to kill her own father. She says that in Grabow, where her father was born,…show more content…
She says that she feels like a foot being trapped in a “black shoe” (2) which is her father. The speaker says that her father is like a Nazi and she is like a Jew being taken to a concentration camp, “Chuffing me off like a Jew / a Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belson / I began to talk like a Jew / I think I may well be a Jew,” (32-35). This was a symbol for how she feels as if she is a victim of her father. The speaker also uses imagery to create a symbol of her father being a Nazi saying that he has a mustache in reference to…show more content…
The speaker tone toward her father is that she is angry with him for what he did to her. The speaker says that she had to kill her father which is one of the ways she shows how she feels about him, “Daddy, I have had to kill you” (6). She uses that kind of language to show how how she feels. Plath uses many different phrases that the speaker says to show her frustration towards her father. One of the phrases she uses to show her anger is, “I’m through,” to show how she is done with her father (80). She says that he is a vampire to show the anger towards his death by saying, “there’s a stake in his fat black heart”

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