Daddy, a poem written by Sylvia Plath, describes her true feelings about her
deceased father. Throughout the poem, I found many instances that illustrate a great
feeling of hatred toward the author's father. She begins by expressing her fears of her
father and how he treated her. Subsequently she conveys her outlook on the wars being
fought in Germany. She continues by explaining her life since her father and how it has
related to him.
In the first stanza I realized that Sylvia Plath is scared of her father. It is
quite clear that she never spoke up to him to defend herself. In the first line it is apparent
that something is ending. "You do not do, you do not do any more, black shoe," (1-2)
this shows that she feels that her father cannot hurt her anymore. Also, she knows that
she has to let him know how she feels.
"In which I have lived like a foot for thirty years, poor and white, barely daring to
breathe or achoo," (3-5) this expresses her fear of her father, and illustrates the fact that
she has remained silent, unable to speak up or even breath any words against him.
"Daddy, I have had to kill you. You died before I had time--," (6-7) this portrays the
extent of her hatred toward him. That she was so appalled by his character that she
would end his life if only she had the strength. But he died before she grew strong
enough to stand up to his horrible countenance.
The next portion of the poem, "Marble-heavy, a bag full of God, Ghastly statue
with one grey toe big as a Frisco seal," (8-10) shows how large she sees his presence.
Comparing him to the weight of marble with the powers...