"Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through" (244).
In Sylvia Plath's poem, Daddy, Plath describes both her own personal relationship with her estranged father and provides commentary on her feelings toward World War II-era Germany and Nazism. In The Seagull Reader Poems, the editor notes that because of these "references. . . to Nazi concentration camps" (237) most critics feel that Daddy "is a fictional apostrophe" (237) and not a truly personal work. I found this hard to believe and decided to look into Plath's lineage figuring that there had to be a reason for her references to Nazi Germany.
I found that Otto Plath, Sylvia's father, was not in fact a Nazi, but both of her parents were German immigrants (ancestry.com, Syliva Plath). So that leads me to believe that Plath was demonizing her father in Daddy who, according to her biography on www.poets.org, "had been a strict father, and both his authoritarian attitudes and his death drastically defined her relationships and her poems." I think that Sylvia felt somewhat oppressed by her strict father and that is why he is portrayed as a vicious Nazi in this poem. I plan on writing my close-reading paper on this same subject... so I will share more of my findings in class!