A Critical Analysis Of Sylvia Plath's Daddy?

Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” is debated as form of self-therapy or as just an artist who is remarkable at calling up the emotions of her personas and characters. In addition to this quandary, is the examination of the persona herself and matching her actions to the Freudianism theory of Family and Jung’s theory of Electra. Digging into the overall question of Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” is, what is the greater message in Sylvia Plath’s poem? Does even the author understand what the larger question of her psyche through an in-depth analysis of her poem could mean for her self-development? An analysis of the poem “Daddy” reveals an underlying carnal desire to be both consumed by and yet destroyed by the male figures in her life. Carl Gustav…show more content…
870) the statue is the persona’s idealized relationship with the father. She worshiped his as a god and his word was unquestioned and obeyed promptly. This example falls into both the Electra and the Freud family theories. “One gray toe, Big as a Frisco seal,” (Roberts, Zweig, 2014, p. 870) the statue is simply huge. A toe is the size of a gray seal and the head is in the Atlantic. The size of this statue and its representation of her father help show the overwhelming power he wields over her. “..In the Electra complex the feelings and ideas in the father-daughter relationship have an overtone of idealization.” (Powell, 1993, p. 159) Also in the Electra complex the persona would present with, “...the feelings and ideas in the father-daughter relationship have an overtone of idealization.” (Powell, 1993, p.…show more content…
(Gerisch, 1998, p. 740) Her relationships with both her father and her mother as told through the autobiographies showed a stunted personal growth from her father dying so early in her life. “In Plath’s poetry, her Electra persona grapples with the loss of a father (an Agamemnon-like charter) by attempting to digest him and then expel him from her system. Plath’s speaker is active in her pursuit to overcome her father’s looming presence.” (Whelan-Stewart, 2007, p. 217) Once more pointing towards Plath and the persona being one in the same, “I was ten when they buried you.” Both women’s fathers died when they were very young, Plath’s at age 8 and the Persona’s at age 10. This left Plath with an inability to separate her own self-image from that of her mother’s is what leads to the poems showing the female persona falling into the repetitious mistakes of her

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