Initiation

Initiation
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  • Flashback
  • "Seated now on the woodpile in Betsy Johnson's cellar, Millicent" (Plath 9)
  • Imagery
  • "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."(Plath 9)
  • Symbolism
  • Pale gray-brown birds in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike." (Plath 9)
  • "Heather birds live on the mythological moors and fly about all day long, singing wild and sweet in the sun. They're bright purple"(Plath 8)
  • The beginning of the story takes place with Millicent sitting on a woodpile. During her time on the woodpile she she has a flashback to her initiation. The importance of this flashback is that is shows she is being reflexive and thinking about her final decision.
  • Characterization
  • "And she knew that her own private initiation had just begun."(Plath 10)
  • During the whole story, it explained how Millicent looked different and wasn't the same as the other girls in the sorority(Heather birds and sparrows). This is imagery because it paints a picture in your mind of girls that look the same and then her.
  • Theme
  • "On the way to school, Millicent had to walk behind Bev at a distance often paces, carrying her books."(Plath 6)
  • This story had the heather bird symbolizes freedom, and individuality. The other bird, the sparrow symbolizes to be original and the same as everyone else. For example Millicent is like a heather bird and all the other girls in the sorority are all like sparrows and want to be the same.
  • Simile
  • "The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar, Millicent thought, her eyes getting used to the strange dimness." (Plath 1)
  • During the whole story when Millicent was sitting on the woodpile in a cellar she was having a flashback of the whole time rushing for a sorority, characterization was shown that she was a round and dynamic character and didn't change.
  • The theme of the story is acceptance. This picture shows Millicent carrying Bevs books accepting it. In the story Millicent wanted to be accepted by everyone. Even though it didn't work out sometimes, she still tried and accepted most things.
  • In the story there is a simile that compares the basement to a sealed jar. This is basically saying that nothing gets in nothing gets out. It also sets the mood a little suspenseful.
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