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Play Adaptation of “Daddy”
Daddy written by Sylvia Plath in 1962 shortly before her death is about her relationship with her father, Otto Plath. It has produced a variety of distinct reactions, from feminist praise of its unadulterated rage towards male dominance, to wariness at its usage of Holocaust imagery. I would like to adapt Daddy for a play based on Sylvia Plath and her relationship with her father. The theme for the play would be mortality of herself and her father and freedom and confinement. The play would feature Sylvia Plath and her relationship with het through the times. Featuring several acts the play; each act will go through different time periods in the life of Sylvia Plath. The technique I propose to use is drama in form of a play containing several characters. The major characters of the play would be Sylvia Plath, her father and the different people mentioned throughout the poem.

Daddy has never been made into play or a film but a film has been made on Sylvia Plath. A 2003 film called Sylvia tells the story of the romance between Sylvia Plath and poet Ted Hughes. Although the film features the later part of the Sylvia Plath there are negligible references to her relationship with her father. I have chosen this poem because I find the imagery and symbolism in the poem quite fascinating. Sylvia comparing her father to Nazis and then Vampires made me curious about her relationship with her father, which I want to explore through the play adaptation. Using the medium of a drama I think I can show the struggle of Sylvia Plath to connect with her father all her life, which would be done in several acts. The intended audience for my play would be anyone generally interested in the life of Sylvia Plath and her struggle.