struggle is never resolved, others take most of a lifetime. For a lucky few, they are
granted a reprieve.
The poem also conjures the struggle many women face in a male dominated society.
female to be herself, to make choices, and be free of male domination. Plath?s
The intensity of this conflict is extremely apparent as she uses examples that cannot
male domination. The constant and crippling manipulation of the male, as he
the twentieth century?s worst period. Words such as Luftwaffe, panzerman, and
Meinkampf look are used to descibe her father and husband as well as all male
domination. The frequent use of the word black throughout the poem conveys a
feeling of gloom and suffocation.
throughout her life by her use of the simile ?I have lived like a shoe for thirty years
think I may well be a Jew? clearly shows the feelings of anguished hopelessness
and the ripping agony she must have felt. The agelessness of this poem is
Strong images are conveyed throughout the poem. The words ?marble-
heavy, a.bag full of God? conveys the omniscience of her father?s authority and the
heaviness it weighed on her throughout her life. ?The vampire who said he was you,
and drank my blood for a year, seven years if you want to know? describe her
The poem is written in stanzas of five short lines. These lines remind me of a Mike
Tyson jab, short but extremely powerful. An example of this ?If I?ve killed one man
I?ve killed two– The vampire who said he was you?. The powerful imagery of these
lines overpowers any of the rhyme scheme.
The tone of this poem is an adult engulfed in outrage. This outrage,at times,
slips into the sobs of a child. This is evident by Plath?s continued use of the word
daddy and the childlike repitition ?You do not do, you do not do? and ?Daddy,
her far from herself. In one line in the poem she brings us starkly into the world of a
from behind ?a bardwire snare? ?I have always been scared of you.?
This poem portrays a bleak picture of life for some women. However, we
you? and ?Daddy, you can lie back now. There?s a stake in your big fat black heart?
Athough it appears that Plath has reached resolution this is not the case for many
women who find themselves under the thumb of a male. These women should look
from total domination by a male to freedom