Analysis Of Lady Lazarus And Daddy, By Sylvia Plath

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Death is inevitable and a lifelong process in every individual’s life. Most importantly, we are unaware of when or how it will happen and, because death can come at a time when we least expect it, it allows some individuals to fear death. In both poems, Lady Lazarus and Daddy, by Sylvia Plath, show different ways to view death. In Lady Lazarus, Plath talks about the characters attempts to commit suicide. Throughout the poem, we discover that the first time she tried to commit suicide was an accident while her second and third time were intentional. While Daddy reveals the process of how a girl came to terms with her father’s death. Although some may assert that the poems show rebirth, both poems reveal death as a way to escape from reality.…show more content…
As the narrator describes how people line up to see the character due to the fact that she comes back after every suicide attempt the narrator explains why her character does it. Plath reveals that the character does it “so it feels like hell. /I do it so it feels real” (46-47). The narrator is using a hyperbole to explain why her character commits suicide, we can understand that she does it in order to flee from everyone who sees her as a showcase. Moreover, it is a hyperbole because no one would want to feel the pain of hell which makes it exaggerated. Therefore, Plath also uses a hyperbole to explain that her character views suicide as “[a] miracle! /[t]hat knocks [her] out” (55-56). The character views death as a miracle which is a hyperbole because no one views death as a miracle but a tragedy. Moreover, the character views death as a miracle because it takes her out from reality and all her problems which to her it’s a miracle because she doesn’t have to deal with it. Therefore, death allows the character to escape from her problems by being in a place where she doesn’t have to…show more content…
Throughout the poem, the character compares her father to different people and labels him. However, the character specifically compares her father to a German and states that she “thought every German was [him]” (29). This line is a metaphor and also shows how by being able to create her father into different people it allowed her the ability to escape from what she was feeling and going through. It is a metaphor because in her mind she is creating her father a German but in reality, he is not actually a German. Most importantly, we also find out that she tried to commit suicide as a way to escape from her pain. She states that “[a]t twenty [she] tried to die/ [a]nd get back, back, back to [him]” (58-59). This shows the characters urge to escape from her feelings and, therefore, tried to commit suicide but didn’t succeed. Plath has portrayed death as an exit and a way to solve one 's problems by escaping rather than confronting them.
Overall, both poems divulge death as a way to escape their problems. Although some would argue they achieved rebirth the character’s actions reveal otherwise. Therefore, both poems also show ways to how to break free from reality. One poem shows us how to break free by the act of committing suicide while the other shows us how to flee from our feelings by creating different people, therefore, death is a way to escape from
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