Initiation study guide

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  • Flash Back
  • "She could see now that what she was sitting on was a woodpile next to the furnace." (Plath 1)
  • Simile
  • Symbol
  • "Outside, the sparrows were still chirping, and as she lay in bed Millicent visualized them, pale gray-brown birds in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike. And then, for some reason, Millicent thought of the heather birds. Swooping carefree over the moors, they would go singing and crying out across the great spaces of air, dipping and darting, strong and proud in their freedom and their sometime loneliness. It was then that she made her decision." (Plath 9)
  • The beginning and the ending of the story are on a wood pile of her reflecting about her initiation week and how she has to make her decision whether to join or not.
  • Character Bev
  • " You 've drawn Beverly Mitchell for a big sister. I wanted to warn you that she's the toughest, but if you get through all right it'll be all the more credit for you." (Plath 5)
  • "The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar." ( Plath 1). This is a very eerie simile and it creates a very creepy mood.
  • Imagery
  • "Millicent brushed back a strand of hair. It was stiff and sticky from the egg that they had broken on her head as she knelt blindfolded at the sorority altar a short while before. There had been a silence. a slight crunching sound, and then she had felt the cold, slimy egg-white flattening and spreading on her head and sliding down her neck. She had heard someone smothering laugh. It was all part of the ceremony." (Plath 1/2)
  • The heather bird and sparrow are two of the biggest symbols of the story. The Heather bird represent being unique and different while sparrows go in the flock and are just like each other.
  • Theme
  • "And she knew that her own private initiation had just begun." (Plath 10)
  • Bev is a flat character, she is a very tough big sister and that's all we learn about her in the story. She isn't dynamic or round being very one sided in the story.
  • This scene creates a very graphic image of eggs running down her head in the middle of the ceremony for initiation.
  • The theme of the story is to be yourself and that you don't have to be in a group to fit in and be like them, the best thing you can do is to be yourself and you'll be the best person you can be. The quote is at the end of the story symbolizing that she is her self and accepted who she is as a person.
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