Initiation

Initiation
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  • Simile
  • "The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar, Millicent thought." (Plath pg.1)
  • Imagery
  • "The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar, Millicent thought, her eyes getting used to the strange dimness. 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 . She could see now that what she was sitting on was a woodpile next to the furnace. "(Plath pg.1)
  • Theme
  • Accepting yourself is more important then being accepted by others.
  • This simile on page 1 by Sylvia Plath tells us that the basement was like a enclosed space without a lot of air.
  • Symbol
  • The Heather bird symbolizes freedom of being yourself.
  • This imagery on page 1 by Sylvia Plath gives us a vivid description of what the setting looks like.
  • Setting
  • This is the theme of the story that comes across as Millicent experiences the initiation. Millicent learns as she goes through the initiation that it is more important what she thinks than what others think of her. "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 pg. 9)
  • Character
  • Millicent had started off wanting to be like everyone else and then she realized that she wanted to be like the heather bird. "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 pg.9)
  • The sparrow was a symbol of the sorority and how they were all trying to be the exact same.
  • The setting of the story is the school that Millicent goes to. "It would be rather fun for a change, Millicent mused, getting her books out of her locker in the hall, rather exciting to be part of a closely knit group, the exclusive set at Lansing High." (Plath pg.3)
  • The main character of the story is Millicent. Millicent is a dynamic character who changed as the story went along. At the start of the story Millicent wanted to be like everyone else, but as the story goes along Millicent realises that she'd rather be her own person. "She had proved something to herself by going through everything, even Rat Court, and then deciding not to join the sorority after all." (Plath pg. 9)
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