Initiation Storyboard

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  • Flashback
  • "She could now see that what she was sitting on was a woodpile next to the furnace."-(Plath, 1)
  • Theme
  • "but she knew that it was what she wanted. It was not that she was being noble or anything. It was just that she had learned there were other ways of getting into the great hall, blazing with lights of people and of life."-(Plath 9)
  • Smilie
  • "The basement was dark and warm, like the inside of sealed jar, Millicent thought, her eyes getting used to the strange dimness."-(Plath 1)
  • In both the beginning and the end of the story, Millicent is sitting on a pile of wood telling her story about the initiation for the sorority she wanted to join. The importance of this flashback is that it shows she is being reflective and thinking about her final decision.
  • Imagery
  • "The silence was soft with cobwebs, and from the small, rectangular window set high in the stone wall there sifted a faint bluish light that must be coming from the full October moon."-(Plath 1)
  • This proves that the theme is that you can be a follower until you finally figure out who and what you really are. Then you can start being a leader; it's all about self-discovery.
  • Symbol
  • Millicent thinks to herself that the basement was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar. She is referring to the basement as if it is "stuffy", or kind of condensed.
  • Smilie
  • The description is helping you picture how the setting looked at the time. There was a faint moon-lit glow from the window, and the silence made it comfortable, but not too much because it was still too quiet for her taste.
  • This is when she realizes that she doesn't need to be apart of the sorority to be herself. She notices that if she gets in, she'll just be another sparrow, but if she drops out of initiation she will be a heather bird.
  • "and as she lay in bed Millicent visualized them, pale gray-brown birds in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike."-page nine "Millicent thought of the heather birds. "Swooping carefree over the moors, they would go singing and crying out across the great spaces of air."-(Plath 9)
  • "And there was an unpleasant anonymity about the label "gopher," even if that was what they always called the girls being initiated. It was degrading, like being given a number. It was a denial of individuality."-(Plath 5)
  • These thoughts that she is having are showing that she has at least some self-respect and conscience. It shows that she isn't exactly having the most fun being treated like she doesn't even belong.
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