Plath's previous suicide attempt is linked to her Daddy, as well as the fact that she may have been raped. The change is abruptly signaled by the presentation ofa different type of mirror: the reflective surface of a lake. You have to have courage to express such pain in this manner and you could say that courage is a sign of great maturity. The allusions of the Second World War are all real. She was ten when he died. She claims that she must kill her father the way that a vampire must be killed, with a stake to the heart.
You do not do, you do not do Any more, black shoe In which I have lived like a foot For thirty years, poor and white, Barely daring to breathe or Achoo. The way the narrator has always felt around her father forms another primary theme of the poem. This could be a reference to the air raids over England during the war, when the Luftwaffe bombed many cities and turned the sky black. Well, I'm a freshman so don't take me too seriously. The father is compared to a black shoe, a bag full of God, a giant, cold, marble statue, a Nazi, a swastika, a fascist, a sadist, and a vampire.
From my culture, comes my foundation; from my decisions, expand my opinions. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly part Jewish. Was she wanting to re-unite with her father? Does it takes things one step too far? She can see the cleft in his chin as she imagines him standing there at the black board. This might baffle the reader, but then we realize that Plath is comparing her father to the devil who has a cleft in his foot. Stanza 13 In this stanza, the speaker reveals that she was not able to commit suicide, even though she tried. Now she has hung up, and the call is forever ended. In other words, contradiction is at the heart of the poem's meaning.
In fact, she expresses that her fear of him was so intense, that she was afraid to even breathe or sneeze. The latter lines of this quotation ironise the first statement and create a distinctly adult voice which jars with the child-like voice and nursery rhyme structure of the poem to disquieting effect. Daddy, you can lie back now. Critics believe that this is a reference to Hitler, and his rise to power. This line implies a couple of things. You do not do, you do not do Any more, black shoe In which I have lived like a foot For thirty years, poor and white, Barely daring to breathe or Achoo. There'll be no more communication, no voices from the past.
Daddy, I have had to kill you. Then, if one kills the vampire, he has been killed twice. But the name of the town is common. Thus Plath states: Every woman adores a Fascist, The boot in the face, the brute, Brute heart of a brute like you. The woman, whom readers should assume is Plath herself, is discouraged by her physical appearance.
Her poems are mostly melancholy as she led a haunting life and later commited suicide at a young age … of 30. GradeSaver, 4 January 2012 Web. The narrator of the poem has suffered a great setback due to the sudden and untimely death of her father. A mirror is unlike a person because it does not lie. Plath's father's toe had actually turned gray due to diabetes, and his foot had to be amputated; he died soon after. This is most likely in reference to her husband. He eventually left her for another woman.
The next line goes on to explain that the speaker actually did not have time to kill her father, because he died before she could manage to do it. Conclusion Plath begins this poem with her present understanding of her father and the kind of man that he was. The last line describes a person who drives a Panzer, which is a popular and common German army tank. Several of her poems utilize Holocaust themes and imagery, but this one features the most striking and disturbing ones. And yet the journey is not easy.
With my gypsy ancestress and my weird luck And my Taroc pack and my Taroc pack I may be a bit of a Jew. It is therapeutic, it has a cathartic effect. Plath was keenly interested in the Tarot card symbols. A woman bends over me. And I said I do, I do.
In the German tongue, in the Polish town Scraped flat by the roller Of wars, wars, wars. It has the feel of an exorcism, an act of purification. In this para, the narrator calls her father the devil, the black man. Plath casts a decidedly modern context upon the age-old conflict between parents and children. For this reason, she specifically mentions Auschwitz, among other concentration camps.
He was hardened, without feelings, and now that he is dead, she thinks he looks like an enormous, ominous statue. This description of his eyes implies that he was one of those Germans whom the Nazis believed to be a superior race. To put the lid on things, the girl declares daddy a bastard. She was not Jewish but was in fact German, yet was obsessed with Jewish history and culture. In the poem, the narrator is not scared anymore. She had a very turbulent and tumultuous life, losing her father at a very young age, and battling depression for many years.