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"Not God but a swastika

So black no sky could squeak through.

Every woman adores a Fascist,

The boot in the face, the brute

Brute heart of a brute like you."

-Plath, page 212

Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy" is rather disturbing.  It appears to be a very malicious attack on an oppressive father.  There is a distortion of views within the poem: the above stanza demonstrates that Plath views the father as a remnant of the Third Reich acting cruel towards women in general.

Whether or not this was an attack on Plath's own father I am unsure, but there is a definte resentment of the father figure here.  Perhaps the poem speaks of a father who is too old fashioned in his ways.  The women like him because he is firm and reliable, but once they have been lured in, they find that he is controlling and unrelenting.


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