Quotes from the texts Sylvia Plath’s poems and The Taming of the Shrew
‘It can sow,it can cook,it can talk, talk, talk’. These are typical stereotypes of women in the 1960’s, considering that Sylvia Plath was a feminist she was obviously angry at these thoughts so therefore expressed her anger through her poem. (Poem Applicant)
‘At twenty I tried to die, And get back, back, back to you. I thought even the bones would do.’ This shows her deep depression and anger at her life. Also show how mentally unstable she was because on the mentally ill would try to kill them selves. (Poem Daddy)
‘I made a model of you, A man in black with a Meinkampf look’. This shows that she was trying to recreate her fathers image in someone else who resembled him. (Poem Daddy)
‘Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.’ This woman is obviously showing mixed feeling about her father because earlier on she said she was willing to die to get back to her father, and now she hates him. Or maybe she is just expressing that she has finally gotten over his tragic death. (Poem Daddy)
Hortensio ‘From such devils, good lord deliver us’. Hortensio is referring to Katherina as a devil for the way she acts is truly beastly. (Act 1 Scene 1 The Taming of the Shrew)
Petruchio ‘That hearing of her beauty and her wit, Her affability and bashful modesty, Her wondrous qualities and mild behaviour’. This is Petruchio talking about Katherina who he so loves and wishes to marry. (Act 2 Scene 1 The Taming of the Shrew)
Petruchio ‘Good morrow, Kate, for that’s your name, I hear’ Katherina ‘Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing: They call me Katherina that do talk to me’ This from the start of them meeting shows that Katherina is not quite a nice person actually I think it would be adequate to say she is being a bit of a shrew (hence the name).
Katherina ‘You have show’d a tender fatherly regard, To wish me wed to one half lunatic’. This shows Katherina’s first thoughts about Petruchio. (Act 2 Scene 1 The Taming of the Shrew)
Sylvia Plath uses violent imagery and offensive comparisons to express her strength of feeling in her poems to describe her thoughts about certain people or events in her life. I think that she was mentally disturbed ever since her father died when she was eight because that is the age when you can half identify what has happened and what is going on, so it can therefore be a confusing event for someone of her age. The feelings and emotions that she had experienced during her life must have been terrible to drive her to suicide in 1963 after a few attempts in earlier years as she explained in her poem ‘Daddy’ where she says ‘At twenty I tried to die, and get back, back, back to you’. This clearly states that she was not a very happy woman and had suffered a terrible life, the poem also shows signs of anger and sadness towards her father for him dying when he did, when she was so young. She has also contradicted herself because one moment she is willing to commit suicide and then the next she says ‘Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through’. To be honest she sounds to me like a complete wacko and I would definitely try to avoid her.