Initiation Story Board: Alexis Shannon: Hour 7

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  • Simile
  • "The basement was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar..." (Plath 1)
  • Bev
  • "In Bev's eyes, Millicent was sure of it, there was a hard, bright spark of exultation." (Plath 5)
  • Symbols
  • "The sparrows...in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike." (Plath 9) "The heather birds...swooping carefree over the moors...strong and proud of their freedom and their sometimes loneliness." (Plath 9)
  • The author used this simile to explain how Millicent felt when she was in the basement. Like sealed jars, the basement was closed off to the outside world and made whatever was inside feel almost trapped. It gives you the sensation that the basement is distant from everything else.
  • Significant Quote
  • "And then, for some reason, Millicent thought of the heather birds. (Plath 9)
  • This passage of the story proves that Bev thinks that she is better than and above everyone else, especially the gophers. Bev doesn't try to hide this quality from other people even though many people wouldn't consider it a great quality.
  • Flashback
  • "Sbe could see now that what she was sitting on was a woodpile next to the furnace." (Plath 1)
  • The symbols of the story are Heather Birds and Sparrows. The Heater Birds represent what Millicent wants to be which is independent, free, and unlike everyone else. The Sparrows represent the sorority girls because they are all alike and dependent on each other. The Sparrows, like the sorority girls, always stay together and do nothing alone.
  • Theme
  • This quote is significant because it is the beginning of her thought process of when she decided to not join the sorority. While she was sitting in bed, she began randomly thinking of the heather birds which made her come to her final decision to accept herself.
  • The beginning and ending of the short story "Initiation" take place on a pile of wood. The majority of the story is about her sitting on the log reflecting on her past experience that greatly effected her life. Through the experience, she found her self confidence.
  • The theme of the story is, acceptance from others isn't as important as acceptance from yourself.
  • "The sparrows [Sorority girls] were...one like the other, all alike...The heather birds [are] strong and proud in their freedom and their sometime loneliness. It was then that she made her decision." (Plath 9)
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