by Sylvia Plath
Daddy The Supernatural Quotes
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Despite her father being evil, the speaker still seems to miss him. But she doesn't say so in plain terms. She misses her supernatural father in supernatural ways – he's dead, so she figures the way to be with him is to become dead herself. Death and suicide are things that happen in the real world, but becoming dead so you can communicate with another dead person – that's supernatural. To top it off, her suicide attempt doesn't work, because her rescuers stuck her together with glue, which sounds kind of like Dr. Frankenstein's monster.
The black telephone's off at the root,
The voices just can't worm through. (lines 69-70)
Now we get into the details of talking to the dead. But, surprisingly, the way to communicate with the dead is not overly supernatural, at least on the surface. It's just a telephone – but one that can connect our speaker to her dead father.
The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know.
Daddy, you can lie back now.
There's a stake in your fat black heart
And the villagers never liked you.
They are dancing and stamping on you.
They always knew it was you. (lines 72-79)