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Daddy

Daddy

by Sylvia Plath

Daddy Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What effect does the use of "Daddy" instead of "Father" have on this poem?
  2. Does the speaker mean that every woman loves a Fascist, or is she being sarcastic?
  3. What is the effect of the comparison between the speaker's father and Nazis?
  4. Could the "Daddy" figure in this poem be a metaphor for something besides the speaker's literal father?
  5. How much of this poem do you think was autobiographical for Plath? How much was made up? Does it matter to you as a reader whether or not the poem is autobiographical?

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