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  • Later in the book Millicent is told to walk around a bus and ask everyone what they had for breakfast. When Millicent got to the last person on the bus, an elderly man, he told her that he had "heather birds eyebrows on toast." This lead Millicent to ask what are heather birds, he responded, "Heather birds live on the mythological moors and fly about all day long, singing wild and sweet in the sun. They're bright purple and have very tasty eyebrows."(Parth page 8). These birds symbolize freedom and how Millicent realized she doesn't need to be in the sorority to feel excepted.
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  • In the beginning of the book Millicent is sitting on a woodpile at the end of her initiation. She then has a flashback to the beginning of the initiation. "It would come to Tracy, too. She would tell Tracy the silly things she had said, and Tracy would change also, entering eventually to the magic circle. She would grow to know the special ritual as Millicent has started to last week." (Parth page 2) Near the end of the book Millicent's flashback ends and she is back on the woodpile.
  • Millicent is the main character in the short story Initiation. Millicent is a dynamic character, as she has changed throughout the story. In the beginning of the story Millicent cares about what others think of her and is very self conscious, but by the end of the story Millicent realizes that if others don't care about what you do and that it is more important to make yourself happy. "So many people were shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them. And really, you didn't have to belong to a club to feel related to other human beings. " (Parth page 8)
  • The theme of Initiation is acceptance. Throughout the story Millicent struggles to get the acceptance of the sorority girls and in this process learns the only acceptance she needs comes from herself. "So many people were shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them. And really, you didn't have to belong to a club to feel related to other human beings. " (Parth page 8) Through her initiation Millicent worried less about the acceptance of others and was able to enjoy her initiation more.
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