1920's Essay

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Sylvia Plath, only became well-known to the literary community after her tragic death in 1963. Her unusual blend of different literary devices combined with her very emotional background, combine to create pieces of work that are appealing to all readers. "Sylvia Plath, was one who was able to make the words come alive, have them sing to the reader" (Oates). In "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath, the author illustartes her feelings of anger and resentment towards her father and husband along with her feelings about being oppressed for most of her life through powerful images.Plath's poem "Daddy" tells about the author's feelings of oppression since her childhood, along with the theme of male domination in her life. These feelings can be traced back to the death of her father and her husband leaving her for another woman while "Daddy" was being written (Ramazani). The main theme behind this poem is male authority from father and husband, versus the right of a female, the speaker, to control her own life and be free of this domination that has affected her all of her life. Plath's conflicts begin with her father and brought into her relationship between Pl ath and her husband. This conflict can be seen in lines 71-80 of "Daddy" in which Plath compares the damage her father caused to that of her husband: And I said I do, I do.So daddy, I'm finally through.The black telephone's off at the root, The voices just can't worm through.If I've killed one man, I've killed two--- The vampire who said he was you And drank my blood for a year, Seven years, if you want to know.Daddy, you can lie back now.There's a stake in your fat black heart And the villagers never liked you They are dancing and stamping on you They always knew it was you Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through The short stanzas, which contain powerful imagery, of vampires, nazis, and the holocaust, which overwhelm the readers, forcing them to imagine the "oppression" that the speaker went through in her short life. The tone of this poem is that of an adult full of anger and outrage, one who oftentimes speaks with a childlike dialect. This dialect can be seen by the structure the author writes part of the poem in. Plath uses a rhyme scheme in lines 55-85. This childlike attitude is also viewed when the speaker continually uses the word "Daddy" and repeats herself often. The last two stanzas of the poem portray a dismal picture of a life for a woman who is continuously under a dominating male figure. These stanzas seem to show that the speaker has reached a resolution after being kept under a man's thumb all her life: If I've killed one man, I've killed two--- The vampire who said he was you And drank my blood for a year, Seven years, if you want to know.Daddy, you can lie back now.There's a stake in your fat black heart And the villagers never liked you.They are dancing and...

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