Stockholm Daddy

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Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy" for some reason makes me think of Stockholm syndrome. This is a condition in which someone who is kidnapped or held hostage becomes emotionally attached to their kidnappers, and will even defend them in some instances. While the speaker was not kidnapped, this type of relationship runs rampant throughout the poem. The type of relationship I mean is someone being treated wrongly (being held hostage) develops and almost loving relationship with the one doing the wrong doing.

"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 of Achoo."

This is what begins the poem, and really sets the opressive mood as too what will follow. It seems that her father can be characterized as many evil things/people, Hitler being the most apparent. However, she still refers to him as a loving "daddy", which Aja talks about in her blog. This makes it hard to pinpoint just how the speaker feels about their father, which is a very human response. Even though a father might treat a child terribly, the fact that that person is their guardian means that there is usually an unconditional love from child to parent.


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