ossible purpose she might have for doing so?By opening this poem with repetition of the phrase, “you do not do”, Plath begins her poem on a playful, nursery-rhyme like tone. She creates a sense of anticipation for what is to come. Her purpose for doing this is to achieve irony when comparing this part with the rest of the poem. Identify and explain Plath’s use of metaphor in stanza 2. In your explanation, discuss the emotion this description conveys.Plath’s use of metaphor in stanza 2, ” Marble-heavy, a bag full of God” conveys her conflicted emotions towards him. “Marble-heavy” suggests him as someone she disliked in her life, while “a bag full of god” hints at her love (if any) for him. “A bag full..” leaves her belief in god and her emotions towards her father open for interpretation. Perhaps the bag symbolizes her father’s body, suggesting that he may have had a harsh exterior, yet was full of love and emotions on the inside. How does Plath characterize or convey the character of the father in the first eight stanzas? Provide specific words, phrases, and lines in the poem to support your answer.Plath characterizes her father in the first eight stanzas as Nazi-like, as a man who has trapped her from everything. She reveals her fear of him when she says “I never could talk to you” in the fifth stanza. She likens him more and more to a Nazi when she starts comparing his maltreatment of her to that of the Nazi towards the jews: “chuffing me off like a Jew”. in stanza 7. Identify and explain the rhetorical device in line 14, where the speaker says to her father, “I used to pray to recover you.” If she hates him so much, why would she want him back?The device used in line 14 is irony. The irony here stems from the fact that she wanted him dead in the last stanza and now she wishes he was alive. She even went as far as marrying a man who resembled him. This poem contains several allusions to Hitler and Nazi Germany, as well as concentration camp imagery. What message do the allusions and imagery convey about Plath’s attitude toward her father?The allusions and imagery convey that Plath’s attitude towards her father is that of hate and distaste. Her hate for him is like that of a Jew towards a Nazi. Discuss the tone of lines 48–50 (“Every woman adores a Fascist, / The boot in the face, the brute / Brute heart of a brute like you”). In your discussion, tell whether the use of this tone is effective.She uses a sarcastic tone here to effectively convey her feelings of hate towards her father. She compares him to a boot and brute, and eventually a Nazi. In line 58, the speaker says, “At twenty I tried to die…” What does she mean?Line 58 means the speaker tried to commit suicide at the age of twenty and is still emotionally scarred from it. In lines 64–67, the speaker says, “I made a model of you, / A man in black with a Meinkampf look / And a love of the rack and the screw. / And I said I do, I do.” Explain what she accomplishes with her actions described in these lines.She accomplishes with her actions a strong visual of her father through her elaborate use of imagery. She reveals that she fell for a man that was just like her father. To better explain this I compare it to a woman who’s in love with a man and only sees his good side foregoing all his negative attributes, “love is blind” . She creates another man with these “good” attributes, even though he may be just as bad as the last man, and marries him. In line 71, the speaker declares, “If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two.” Explain her meaning and use of irony in this statement.The meaning of line 71 is that the speaker killed two men, her father and her husband. The irony here stems from the fact that her husband is just like her father, whom she “killed” . Her husband is the man who left her as her father did. Explain Plath’s references to Germans and Jews. How does she use these groups to convey theme?Plath references Germans and Jews many times throughout the poem in order to establish herself as the oppressed and her father as the oppressor. Throughout the poem she talks about her father’s life and actions through Nazi diction, further enforcing the connection between her father and the Nazis. She compares her life to that of a Jew on a train being sent off to a concentration camp. Such references convey the theme of oppression throughout the poem.At the end of the poem, in line 80, the speaker says, “Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.” Do you believe she is really liberated from her father now?Yes, I believe she is really liberated from her father now because she had the power to end the poem with “I’m through” meaning that she’s done with him and all the time she dedicated to thinking about him. Identify and explain at least one simile and one metaphor used by Plath in this poem to help her describe her feelings about her father.Simile: “Chuffing me off like a Jew” Stanza 7, Line 2. Here she compares herself to a Jew adding on to her depiction of her father as a Nazi. Such comparisons establish their father-daughter connection as something similar to that of the Jews and Nazis. Her simile suggests that she felt her father to be overbearing and oppressive, meaning that she resented him for the oppressive life he gave her. Metaphor: “Not God but a Swastika” Stanza 10, Line 1. Here the speaker uses a metaphor to compare her father to the emblem of the Nazi party. Her comparison conveys her feeling of entrapment and hate towards him.
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