Initiation by: Sylvia Plath

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  • Simile
  • The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar, Millicent thought, her eyes getting used to the strange dimness. (Plath 1)
  • Personification
  • "Heather birds' eyebrows on toast," (Plath 8)
  • "What?" (Plath 8)
  • Symbol
  • She could not exactly say what had decided her revolt, but it definitely had something to do with Tracy and something to do with the heather birds. (Plath 2)
  • This was in the begin of the story when Millicent was in the basement. The author was describing the dark warm basement to a sealed jar.
  • Flashback
  • This is it, alright. The worst part, the hardest part, the part of initiation that I figured out myself. (Plath 9)
  • This is when Millicent was told to ask everyone on the bus what they had for breakfast this morning. She was asking the last person which was an old man who was happy that someone came over to talk to him. When the old guy answered the question it was a different response that Millicent never heard before.
  • Character
  • " I know you can't calk to me," he said, very low. «But you're doing fine, the girls say. I even like your hair straight and all ." (plath 4)
  • Millicent was starting to realize that she didn't have to join the group to talk to everyone but she joined the group anyways because she always wanted to.
  • Theme
  • How she had proved something to herself by going through everything, even Rat Court, and then deciding not to join the sorority after all. And how she could still be friends with everybody. Sisters with everybody. Tracy, too. (Plath 9)
  • In the beginning of the story Millicent is sitting by the fire and thinking about what she did which then goes into a flashback to explain what she did and why she did it. Then at the end of the story she is back by the fire thinking about how she made the right choice about not joining the group and she also thinks about the Heather birds.
  • The author is showing us that Millicent Really wants to be in this group so now she cant talk to guys without permission.
  • The author is telling the reader that you don't have to be the same as everyone else to be friends with people.
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