Initiation

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  • Metaphor
  • "Get up gopher." (Plath, 5)
  • "She could see now that what she was sitting on was a wood pile next to the furnace." (Plath, 1)
  • Flashback
  • Simile
  • Bev was calling Millicent a gopher. Bev calling Millicent that shows that Bev dehumanizes her and doesn't really care about her.
  • Symbolism- birds
  • "Heathen bird's eyebrows. Heathen birds live on the mythological moors and fly about all day long, singing wild and sweet in the sun." (Plath, 8)
  • At the beginning of the story Millicent is sitting on the pile of wood, and at the end of the story she was sitting on the pile of wood. In the beginning shes remembering everything that happened in the initiation. Therefore shes reflecting on her experiences. Page 9: Seated now on the woodpile in Besty Johnson's cellar.
  • Theme- exceptance
  • "Hey Millicent, come on out now. This is it." (Plath, 9)
  • In the beginning of the story, Millicent was sitting in the basement and she referred to it as "dark and warm, the like the inside of a jar." (Plath, 2) This means that in the basement it was tight and hard to breathe, makes your feel anxious.
  • Foreshadowing
  • "And nothing docs, Millicent had thought. How horrible it would be if no one never changed. . if she were condemned to be the plain, shy Millicent of a few years back for the rest of her life. Fortunately there was always the changing, the growing, the going on." (Plath, 2)
  • The man talking about the Heather birds represents the whole idea of being unique and free spirited, unlike the sparrows who are the same "pale gray-brown" (Plath, 9) Millicent learns to be a heather instead of a sparrow.
  • What do you eat for breakfast?
  • In the beginning of the story, "What girl wouldn't want to be a part of the elect?" (Plath, 2) . Later in the story, when she got in, she denied the offer because Millicent would rather be a heathen bird as compared to a sparrow.
  • "The worst part, the hardest part, the part of initiation that I figured out myself..... Within Millicent another melody soared, strong and exuberant, a triumphant answer to the music of the darting heather birds that sang." (Plath, 9)
  • When Millicent was talking to her friend, she still wanted to be a part of the group. But Millicent said how terrible it would be if nobody changed, which was foreshadowing that she would change in the end. Millicent didn't want/ need to be accepted by the group.
  • "You'll change, whether you think you will or not. Nothing ever stays the same." (Plath, 2)
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