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by Sylvia Plath

Gender Quotes

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Quote #4

I made a model of you,
A man in black with a Meinkampf look

And a love of the rack and the screw.
And I said I do, I do. (lines 64-67)

These lines set up the woman in the poem as suffering from the Electra complex, which theorizes that women seek men like their fathers. The speaker here is fulfilling the Electra complex by taking women's so-called adoration of fascists a little further by marrying one who is just like her father.

Quote #5

The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know (lines 72-74)

This is a disturbing portrait of marriage. The speaker's husband is a vampire who's been sucking her blood. And we thought that calling her father a devil was bad. But these lines align the two men – her father bit her red heart in two, and her husband is sucking her blood.

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