Daddy Daddy

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Daddy by Silvia Plath was written in 1962 by Silvia Plath. it seemed to use the Holocaust as a metaphor to her life with her father. Her father, who I found out was a German immigrant, was weighing her down.
"...black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo..."

"...The tongue stuck in my jaw.

It stuck in a barb wire snare.
Ich, ich, ich, ich,
I could hardly speak.
I thought every German was you.
And the language obscene"
'Ich' means I in German.
In the war, every German looked alike, and the German language is obscene. for example, Ich liebe dich = I love you.


"...An engine, an engine,/Chuffing me off like a Jew./A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen./I began to talk like a Jew./I think I may well be a Jew."
The engine is her father damaging her mind.
She was not part Jew, but the way he treated her made her feel like it.
She compared him to Hitler.


"...And your Aryan eye, bright blue.
Panzer-man, panzer-man,..."
Found on a paper discussing images in Mein Kamf;
"Panzer-man" (l. 45) implies her father was like one of the most feared military machines, an armored tank producing a mind-chilling sound when approaching its target. She also says he is "not God but a swastika" 

"...If I've killed one man, I've killed two---
The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know.
Daddy, you can lie back now.  "
Hitler had many impersonators, but unless she was talking directly about Hitler, I'm pretty confused by this.




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