by Sylvia Plath
Daddy Freedom and Confinement Quotes
How we cite our quotes: stanza, line
Every woman adores a Fascist,
The boot in the face, the brute
Brute heart of a brute like you. (lines 48-50)
Here, the speaker is saying that every woman loves a fascist. Fascism is a very confining form of government, which trades freedom for tyranny. Yet these lines say that women love fascists, implying that women willingly put themselves in confinement by loving tyrannical men.
The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know. (lines 72-24)
These lines present marriage as a form of confinement. The man to whom our speaker said "I do" turned out to be a vampire, and drains her life's blood for their entire marriage. This is another place in the poem that reaches beyond the speaker and her father to comment on relationships between women and men in general.