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|Your name||1. What does the title “Daddy” (versus “father,” “papa,” “pop,” etc.) tell you about the speaker’s relationship with the father?||2. What picture emerges of the speaker’s relationship to the father from different metaphors the speaker uses to describe the father and herself? “Daddy” is like a) a black shoe in which the speaker has been confined, b) a colossal statue that stretches across the United States, c) God, d) a Nazi, e) a Swastika, f) a teacher, g) the Devil, and h) a vampire.||3. What does it tell you about the speaker-father relationship that the speaker has had to “kill” her father but also used to pray to “recover” him? That the speaker “[a]t twenty… tried to die/And get back, back, back to [the father]”?||5. If, after trying to commit suicide, the speaker was put back together with glue...||6. What is the effect of the husband and father's portrayal as vampires?||7. The poem's rhythm and constant repetition of the sound /oo/ (as in the words "do,' "shoe," "Achoo," "you," “Jew,” "gobbledygoo," “through,” etc.) makes it sound like||8a. What is the tone of the poem?||8b. From what keywords did you deduce the poem's tone?||9. Towards the end of the poem the speaker repeats the phrase “I’m through.” Considering that she also uses the word “through” to mean “communicate” in the sentence “The voices just can’t worm through,” do you think “I’m through” means “I finally got through to you” or “I’m done” (or both, or something else?)||10. In a reading of the poem for BBC Radio, Plath said that the poem was “spoken by a girl with an Electra complex. Her father died while she thought he was God. Her case is complicated by that fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly part Jewish. In the daughter the two strains marry and paralyse each other – she has to act out the awful little allegory once over before she is free of it.” Look up the Electra complex and explain how it explains the relationship of the speaker with the father/husband.||11. If you had to choose a Love theme for “Daddy” it would be||4. What does “Ich, ich, ich, ich” mean in English? How does it illustrate the speaker’s notion of having his/her tongue “stuck in a barb wire snare”? How does it illustrate the speaker’s need to exist as an individual separate from the father?|
|Shakespeare||maria||It makes the speaker sound like she is a little girl.||The picture that is given off to the reader is that she cannot decide whether she completely hates or loves her dad. She refers to him as God and a teacher yet also refers him to the terrible devil, vampire and Nazi.||He had to be killed in her heart and mind. I would guess that she prayed because she felt guilty for having those thoughts and wishes. The "[a]t twenty...tried to die/And get back, back back to [the father]'? That part sounds like she tried committing suicide and failed. Thus feeling consumed by her pain.||she can never feel quite herself again||Instead of giving life they sucked the life out of her.||Like ghost from her past haunting her hence the"OOH"|
Dr. X: Interesting
|worshipful/reverent/adoring, sad/mournful, nostalgic/regretful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended, sincere/honest, painful||God, German, Swastika, Vampire, I have had to kill you. etc.||Both. And that she is through meaning done with it all.||Electra complex - a daughter's unconscious unresolved sexual attraction to her father. I am not sure if that is the case in the poem "Daddy" (1960) obviously the damage is done and there are serious unresolved childhood issues.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||You can see her struggle to proclaim who she is and how she feels as a daughter,a woman and a human being.|
|Steve||Daddy is more affective, more innocent and pure.||a) Her Daddy was everything for her. She only lived for him.|
b) A strong man, influencing her everywhere she was.
c) Her Daddy was like God for her, he was her everything.
d) A nightmare, a monster.
e) A conviction, a religion.
f) A person full of knowledge.
g) A malign person, full of hate
h) a character used to describe how slowing she was dying
|She resents him, but wishes she could revive him to express her hate for him. But this makes her angry for even trying. |
Dr. X: I like how your answer reflects the complexity of the speaker's feelings.
|she is schizophrenic, she can never feel quite herself again||The suffering she had to lived because of both men, her father and her husband. They were killing her slowly by "drying" her socking her blood.||both||sad/mournful, angry/bitter/offended||Bastard, Brute, Fascist||by reading Plath's Biography, it seems that "I am through" means that she cannot anymore with this world, with the struggle she is feeling and she is through, meaning that she wants to be with him and she will commit suicide what she did.||Her father died when she was 8 years old, when a Kid is in process of developing his/her personality and defines his or her sexual desires for mother or father. By this time He was Like God for her. He was so psychologically strong to her that his presence blinded her, his presence dictates her life. She tried to marry a man that is similar to her father so that she can keep his image close to her to feel he never left. She could not finish the Phallic stage satisfactorily.||The speaker's masochistic desire for authoritarian men. |
Dr. X: Interesting.
|it is German that means I, I, I, I. She compares the fact that she could not talk to her father for the fear she used to feel of his father with the fact that Jewish people lived the Holocaust in the concentrations camp.|
|Aladdin||The author uses the word "daddy" to show her affection for her father. Daddy is like what a young girl would call her father when she wants something.||a) She feels she is stuck with him.|
b) She sees him as someone important in her life like a statue going across the US.
c) God usually refers to someone who is like that persons everything. She could have felt like someone who had complete control over her.
d) Her thought of him being a Nazi is her feels that he is evil.
e) Swastika which is black and used by Nazis shows more of her hate towards her father.
f)someone she respected.
g) her fear and hate towards him.
h) she feels like he is a monster who has made her weak.
|it tells you that she tried to let her father go after he died but because he had such an impact on her life, she was willing to take her own life to be with him again.||she is fragile like a china doll, she can never feel quite herself again||It gives the reader the image of how the the husband is like her head father that drinks her blood or makes her weaker. Its like her father coming bad from the dead.||a child's (or a childish person's) fantasy--as emphasized by the use of “baby" words such as “Achoo” and "gobbledygoo.”||angry/bitter/offended||"kill" "not pure not true" "swastika" "fascist" "black Telephones" "bastard"||i think it means I'm done because she has someone just like him and she cut her communications with her dead father.||It explains the relationship of the speaker with the father/husband because her husband is decided as almost exactly the same as the father. Electra complex is a theory that women seek men that are like their father. which is exactly what she did.||The speaker’s exorcism / revenge on / rejection / symbolic "killing" of the father figures that have dominated her love life.||"ich" means "i". So its illustrates that she is afraid to say anymore because her tongue might get cut on "barb wire snare" if she does. It shows that she needs to separate herself from her father to get her own words through.|
|Rocky||It seems strict and stern. The speaker does not give her father a nickname, for ex papa or pop so we can assume it is not a great relationship.||To me it seems like she is distant from him and there is no real connection or relationship. Its as if he is so many different things (majority which are bad images). She views him as a big figure and she is small in comparison.||She has a love/hate relationship with him.||she is fragile like a china doll||This wording is used to describe all the anguish, pain and sorrows she had to endure with her father. This is her relationship with him.||A twisted and violent nursery rhyme||passionate/ardent, thoughtful/contemplative, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended, defiant/resistant, sincere/honest||The tone to me is angry, violent and resentful.||I don't think she completely got through to him seeing as how he may be dead (and she may have killed him in real life or in her mind). To me she now has "closure" and that's why after all these years she can close the book on that chapter in her life.|
Dr. X: Since Daddy is a figure of the real dad, she could get through by writing the poem.
|Electra complex: Competition of daughter with her mother over her fathers attention. Also has to do with the formation of the daughters identity during the stage of childhood to adulthood (becoming a woman).|
To me it shows that she is trying to get her fathers attention and her voice will definitely now be heard and she is in control.
|The speaker’s exorcism / revenge on / rejection / symbolic "killing" of the father figures that have dominated her love life.||Its something disturbing or ugly. Its hard for her to relate to him ore even be associated to him. She feels she is nothing like him and is completely seperate.|
|3/26/2015 13:15:30||5812 (5:45)||Morrison||Natalie||Her relationship with her father is very violent. She sound like she didn't have a good relationship with him. This poem shows her struggle to declare that, no matter how terrible her father was and how much he remains in her mind, she is now through with him.||This is a very powerful metaphor for how the speaker feels like she is a victim of her father, or perhaps for how she feels about men in general.These men go from being depicted as living horrors know that the speaker's father is dead but me personally find it so it's super creepy to think that he's come back to haunt her as a vampire.||She's a tortured woman, who lost her father when she was so young that he seemed huge and powerful, like God. Memories of him have caused her pain – they've made her want to die. When dying doesn't work, the speaker tries to find a husband just like her father.||she is fragile like a china doll||The speaker of this poem's emotions are supernatural they are so complex and intense that the supernatural must be used to convey them.||both||angry/bitter/offended, defiant/resistant||*marble heavy bag full of god|
kill one man i kill them two
|i feel that its both||i don't know how to really answer this||The speaker’s exorcism / revenge on / rejection / symbolic "killing" of the father figures that have dominated her love life.||this word is German which means the words sound like what they are trying to get across, which is stammering.|
|3/26/2015 15:02:45||5812 (5:45)||Morrison||Lisenok||The title is pretty ironic, because a child would call daddy someone who is affectionate and caring. However, it becomes clear that Plath did not have a good relationship with her father.||looking at these metaphors used to describe the speaker's relationship with the father clearly shows a strict, authoritarian, evil father putting restrains and treating her in terrible way and was never treated right. i think this relationship is more like a king and a servant relation or a criminal and victims relation.|| “I have had to kill you” show that Plath recognizes the need to remove the thoughts of her father.|
“I used to pray to recover you”- "used to" means that the author does not pray for her father anymore, even though she did feel like she wanted to connect with him.
“[a]t twenty… tried to die/And get back, back, back to [the father]”- she wanted to be close to her father, and she was willing to die just to be buried next to him.
|she can never feel quite herself again||It is a metaphor comparing her husband and her father as vampires. Vampire are known as someone who drain out the blood out you. Her marriage with husband was not a happy one. He caused her a lot of pain, and made her unhappy.||a child's (or a childish person's) fantasy--as emphasized by the use of “baby" words such as “Achoo” and "gobbledygoo.”||sad/mournful, angry/bitter/offended||Daddy, I have had to kill you. I never could talk to you. I have always been scared of you. And the villagers never liked you. They are dancing and stamping on you.||The speaker has nothing left inside to share with the reader. She has shared all of her anger and grief.||The Electra complex is a psychoanalytic term used to describe a girl's sense of competition with her mother for the affections of her father.|
Plath's father died when she was young. Like many girls, she saw him as a big and important figure in her life. It is almost like she put him at a pedestal. She tried to reconnect with her absent father figure; however she was not able to, because he died when she was a young girl. Therefore, there was an unspoken anger, bitterness towards her father because of him dying.
She married her husband who resembled her father very much. He hurt her very much by cheating on her. It led her to experience even more anger.
|The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||“Ich, ich, ich, ich” mean "I" in English. The repetition of "ich" could mean that she could not speak to her father, because she was scared of him.|
|3/29/2015 20:25:28||0858 (2:15)||Morrison House||Edna||the relationship she has with her father is a strained one in my opinion, i came to that conclusion buy the tone of the poem, it was filled with hatred and negativity towards the father and the towns people.||the picture that emerges from the different metaphors in the poem is that she has a negative view of her father and relates everything negative around her to her father. she sees it as the negative things shes seen or heard him do has moved onto her and she feels damaged.||it tells me that their relationship was dangerous towards both of them and it became necessary to rid him out of her life. she loved him i feel only because he was her father but other than that there was more hatred in her heart that anything.||she is fragile like a china doll, she can never feel quite herself again||that they suck the life out of her , and they seem to never die.||a child's (or a childish person's) fantasy--as emphasized by the use of “baby" words such as “Achoo” and "gobbledygoo.”||thoughtful/contemplative, sad/mournful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended||kill, died,recover, scared, bastard.||it means in my opinion both, that shes done with all the hatred and negativity and also she feels shes gotten her message across to them.||it relates to the relationship the woman in the poem has with her father in a way that she had this attraction to him and i feel she knew she could never act upon these desires so she made it into something negative.||ich translates to I in english, it means that she felt trapped in the life that he has put her in and she wishes that she could escape the lines that she has been put in and become of her own.|
|3/30/2015 12:47:18||0858 (2:15)||Shakespeare||betty B||The title "Daddy" represents that the speaker is a daughter, such term as daddy's little girl. It also shows that speaker knows her father well that why she uses the term "Daddy" instead of father but also there is some distance between them, that is why she is not calling him "papa" or "pop."||The speaker sees her father as Nazi and she feels like a Jewish person, she might have been abuse by her father and she has been haunted for ever cause of that. After the father dies she calls him vampire to signify that even after the fathers death, he is taunting as a ghost.||As much as the speaker hates her father for treating her bad, she still loves him, because at the end of the day he is still her only father.||she is fragile like a china doll, she is schizophrenic, she is a new person, and so can find a new goal in life||The speaker sees her husband as vampire because he is sucking the life out of her and her father as vampire because he is still taunting the speaker from his grave.||an incantation or spell being cast to call (or exorcise) the dead.||sad/mournful, nostalgic/regretful, somber/grim/grave||The speaker sees her relationship with her father as Nazis and Jewish people.||"I'm through" could mean "i finally got through to you" and "I'm done" both. I think the speaker is understood her father and husband, she thinks all men are like her father and her husband. So now she is done with them and done with all the men.||The word electra complex means daddy's little girl in modern language. No matter how much the speaker hates her father, she still care for him and she is still seeking approve from him.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||The "ich" in German means the word "I" in English. The word "ich" is repeated four times meaning she can't say what she want to, she is hesitating. The speaker's individualism has been taken away. She doesn't have freedom of speech under her fathers roof.|
|Moira||Usually young people call their father as "Daddy." If someone calls his/her father "Daddy," we can assume their relationship is very intimate and close.||In my opinion, it was unusual father-daughter relationship. All metaphors she uses in the poem are describing her as victim. I assume that the relationship between them was quite bad.||It is ironic that she wanted to kill her father but after he died, she wants him back.In my opinion, she means she wanted to recover or fix their relationship if it was possible but the death was in the way.||she is fragile like a china doll, she can never feel quite herself again||It illustrates that both her husband and father took her vitality. Also,since the vampire is dead man, it might means that they both don't mean anything to her like word "You are dead to me."||both||sad/mournful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended||black shoe|
Daddy, I have had to kill you.
And the language obscene
I have always been scared of you
brute like you
I tried to die
Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through
|I think she means she's done with her father. She used to hated her father but prayed and tried to get closer to him by trying suicide, but didn't work. Also, she even married a man like her father. However, everything she got is another scar on her heart.||When a girl is having sexual attachment to her father, it can be described as the Electra complex and it explains why the speaker of the poem married a man like her father.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||"Ich" means "I" in English. By that line, we know that what she told her father is only "I, I, I, I." It seems she had a terrible stutter when she was around her father and by that, I guess she was uncomfortable and nervous with her father.|
|lorna||Compared to father, papa,etc "Daddy" is more affectionate name that a little girl would like to address her father. It sounds more loving.||I'M LOST :(||She lost her father even before she came to know him well and she pray to get her father back.||she can never feel quite herself again||It sounds like they have been draining her life away, like a vampire would drain his victim's blood.||an incantation or spell being cast to call (or exorcise) the dead.||worshipful/reverent/adoring, sad/mournful, angry/bitter/offended||Dead|
A bag full of God
Daddy, daddy, you bastard, i'm through
|Both||As her father died when she was very young, she has been through the unresolved desire for her father.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||Ich is German word meaning "I" in English. This might mean she wasn't a good German speaker|
The speaker of the poem still feels like a little girl when she thinks about her father.
"Daddy" is like:
The speaker is like:
- a food confined to a shoe.
|The speaker hates his father but at the same she loves him.|
She killed her father because she wants to be free but because she misses him a lot she tried to kill herself to be with her father again.
|she is fragile like a china doll||Vampires make people suffer, they cause pain and make people's life miserable.||defiant/resistant||You do not do, you do not do|
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.
|I think both of them.|
She is done with her father after she went through a lot with her father.
|She loves her father, she compares him to a God.She marries a man who remains her of father||- I|
- She can't talk, she can't express herself because she doesn't have a voice.
- She wants to have a voice so she can be her own person.
|4/2/2017 18:38:49||5812 (5:45)||Shakespeare||Arlene Ortiz||"Daddy" suggests, child-like affection and innocence. "Daddy" what a child would call their father.||I get the picture of abuse. The speaker is overshadowed by the presence of the father. It's almost like the speaker has been brainwashed.||It seems that the speaker wants to destroy the evil memories of her father and remember the good things, the innocent things.||she can never feel quite herself again||Vampires are "demons of the night" and inherently evil. Vampires tend to place women in a trance so that women can fall in love with them before ultimately killing the women.||both||sad/mournful, nostalgic/regretful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended||I deduced this when the speaker began to compare herself as a Jew heading to a concentration camp||I got the feeling that it was more like "I'm done." Seems like she was tired of trying to be heard so she gave up.||The Electra Complex is when the daughter has hate towards the mother because they love the father.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||"Ich, ich, ich, ich" means "me, me, me, me." This shows the speaker wanting to be noticed. Trying to remove herself from the father's shadow. An image comes to mind: two adults speaking, one of them being the father and a small child is interrupting and wanting to be heard. The father looks down and says "don't interrupt when adults are speaking."|
|4/2/2017 23:41:22||0858 (2:15)||Shakespeare||XiuYan,Jin||The relationship is complicated, it seems ,she is angry about her father , also miss him . over all they have a poor relationship.||daddy is like a Nazi , Swastika, a colossal statue that stretches across the United States. God,vampire,devil|
the speaker is like a a foot confined to a shoe, a Gipsy,a Jew. the pretty woman who gets bit by a vampire
|she miss her father but also hate him .||she is schizophrenic, she is a new person, and so can find a new goal in life, she can never feel quite herself again||the father and husband are cold , and she was living in a terrible situation for a year and with her husband for seven years. the father and her husband influence her life . she felt scared and helpless.||sad/mournful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended||swastika, Fascist,brute,vampire,,kill,Luftwaffe, gobbledygoo. devil||I think both, " THE BLACK TELEPHOPE \'S OFF AT THE ROOT" her father will no longer affect her life , and she is free now.||Electra complex is a girl's psychosexual competition with her mother for possession of her father . |
in this poem, she feels that she was abandoned by the father and her husband . her father died when she was eight, and she only live with her husband about seven years . she use vampire the illustrate that these two men are all very cold to her.
|The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||ich in English means : Ugly,or Delicious Armenian dish made from bulghur wheat pellets in tomato paste with onion, red and green peppers, parsley and sometimes mint.|
ich in German means "I"
It illlustrate that she try to speak German ,but she dose't know how to say it . Just like she want to separate from the father , but had hard time to do it .
|4/3/2017 21:06:08||0858 (2:15)||Queens||Moushumi Muna||The speaker creates a figurative image of her father, Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” is a woman who both passionately loves and fiercely hates her father.||The speaker’s relationship to the father from different metaphors the speaker uses to describe the father and herself is “Daddy” is like a black shoe in which the speaker has been confined.The speaker is like a foot confined to a shoe.||The love came from the speaker seeing her father as God when she was a child, and from an obsessive need on the speaker’s part to love and to be loved. The hate came from an intense, deep-rooted fear she felt towards her father, who completely dominated her life.||she is schizophrenic||she compares her father to the living dead, a vampire who has haunted her even after his death.||both||adoration and admiration||The tone in this poem is abrasive, discordant. It's a very disturbed and disturbing portrayal of a father and daughter relationship; a relationship wholly divested, it appears, of any kind of human warmth.||I’m through” means “I’m done I have finished doing and using something.||the Electra complex the relationship of the speaker with the father/husband The father died while she thought he was God. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly part Jewish. In the daughter the two strains marry and paralyze each other –she has to act out the awful little allegory once over before she is free of it.||ich" is the german word for "I/Me" in English.|
Repetition of this word also contributes to the fact that Sylvie found it difficult to communicate with her father.
It's almost as if it were a nervous stutter, as if she is afraid of what he may say or do when she does talk to him.
Not only this, it could also mean she has trouble talking about her dad to other people and how she felt about the situation she was in.
|4/3/2017 21:36:37||0858 (2:15)||MORRISON||Jessica Taurasi||I feel like calling a father "Daddy" is more loving and child-like compared to calling him "Father".||It shows that the speaker is the one who gets hurt, for instance the Daddy is the Nazi the, speaker is a Jew. Daddy is the vampire and shes the woman who gets bit. The speaker is always on the other end of the rope.||I believe that the speaker had a love/hate relationship with her father, she wanted him to die tho she also would die to be close to her father.||she is a new person, and so can find a new goal in life, she can never feel quite herself again||I'm guessing that she is saying that the husband is like the father, both sucking the life from her for years.||both||nostalgic/regretful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended, defiant/resistant||I have had to kill you, I never could talk to you, i have always been scared of you, fat black heart, you bastard.||I think she means that shes done trying to get through to him or to be close to him, shes done.||The Electra complex could explain why she wants to be with her father, she wants the affections of her father but he passed when she was 10. So, as she is older , she finds a husband like her father and gains his affection but is let down.||Ich means I in English. I guess it shows her unable to speak to her father as if her tongue was caught.|
|4/3/2017 23:12:46||5812 (5:45)||morrison||Aida C||it tells that the speaker could have been spoiled.||F||The speaker tried to kill her father and then recover him because she regrets it.||she can never feel quite herself again||she killed the vampired thinking that it was her daddy||nostalgic/regretful||scared, brute, stucked me together with glue, etc.||it means that she got through and she is done||she felt that her mom was her rival so i feel like she was trying t take revenge of her mother by hurting her dad||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||she couldnt express her thoughts or feelings|
|4/4/2017 1:43:06||0858 (2:15)||Morrison||Jean Martinez||It makes me feel like it's a little child that is speaking.||that the dad is someone superior,a man feared of his power.||It's ironic, probably they had an "unbalanced" relationship, because maybe the father didn't act as a father figure, and did terrible things(due to the metaphors being mentioned), "recover him" probably meaning like changing the way he is or something.||she is fragile like a china doll, she is schizophrenic||idk.||both||angry/bitter/offended, defiant/resistant, sincere/honest, Ironic||"You bastard","i have had to kill you","the villagers never liked you","Brute heart of a brute like your".||i Think is more like "I'm done".||It shows that the speaker loves the father in a way that she would take the "job" of her mother, and act as a wife for his father.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||It means "me me me me", saying that her tongue was stuck in a barb wire snare probably means that she couldn't speak, because saying "me me me me" would be like stuttering, maybe because she was nervous.|
|4/4/2017 9:13:23||0858 (2:15)||Morrison||Shareefa Rahim||The title "Daddy" tells you the speaker has an informal relationship with their father. It's very child-like.||The speaker uses these metaphors to elaborate on how powerless she feels compared to her father because she is a victim.||The speaker has a love hate relationship with her father because she wants him dead but she tries to recover him because she wants him to be with her and in death she whats to get back to him.||she is fragile like a china doll, she can never feel quite herself again||I think it's to say that the horror of these men who she is a victim of can not be escaped because in death they are a horror in life and an undead horror.||The nursery rhyme with the little lady who lives in a shoe. (childish the same as one, but just specifically this rhyme came to mind)||angry/bitter/offended, defiant/resistant||"Daddy, I have had to kill you"|
"I think I may well be a Jew"
"I have always been scared of you"
|I think she means she is through with her father, or she is done with him because she states "the black telephone's off at the root", which could mean it's unplugged and therefore she can't say anymore. She's done with him. I think this also means that she has made her piece because she can't say anymore. The phone is unplugged and no voice can get through.||I think this may mean that she has unconsciously found someone like her father in her husband.||The speaker’s need to communicate with a father she loves and hates.||Ich has no real definition in English, but in German it means " I ". The speaker illustrates her tongue in barb wire unable to talk to her father. She repeats the word as if she is stuttering to speak but she can't get it out because the wires would rip her tongue. It illustrates the speaker's need to exist as an individual because she unlike the father is a victim, in which she can't talk to him.|