Daddy by Sylvia Plath and The Rocking Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence
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Having a parental figure in your life can change you as a person in a negative or positive way. “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath and “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence are both works of literature that exemplify the meaning of the quotation of C.S Lewis. In this way both works of literature were relatable when the authors provided daily life situations involving disillusionment, parental responsibility and children having troubled relationship with their parents. Literature improves our desires of life and enhances our critical thinking. C.S. Lewis quotes “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and proves”. In this quote C.S Louis is stating that literary work is still developing by making the world appreciate the beauty of literature. C.S Lewis wants to ensure that literature is a work of art from one person’s ability to show their emotion through writing about their thoughts, emotions, and their daily lives. Literature adds to reality by enhancing a story that can be based on true events, it adds a fictional twist and a certain fantasy to our imagination.
In Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” the speaker of the poem wants revenge on her own father by killing him. But, later the reader finds out that he is dead before she can even kill him. Even though, her father is dead the memories she has of him are haunting. In the poem the speaker creates a figurative image of her father, Roger Platizky who did a critical essay on “Daddy” said she described her father as a “Nazi, Swastika, barbed wire, fascist, brute, devil and vampire” (Platizky 105). The speaker also describes her father as a “black shoe” meaning that she had to live with him watchfully when s...
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...r” were unique in itself and an example of how literature can add to reality, it is what truly makes them “literary works.”
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