Initiation

Initiation
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  • Character
  • What girl wouldn't want to be in my place now? (Plath 2)
  • Theme
  • I've proved something to myself by going through everything, rat court, and am deciding not to join the sorority. (Plath 9)
  • Metaphor
  • Get up gopher! (Plath 5)
  • The story by Sylvia Plath begins with the main character, Millicent, sitting on a woodpile and recounting what happened in a flashback. The story starts and ends this way.
  • Simile
  • the basement room is dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar. (Plath 1)
  • Millicent realizes at the end of the story that she doesn't want to be part of the sorority and tells Louise and Bev that she doesn't want to be part of it. She realizes she doesn't need acceptance to be happy, which is the theme of the story
  • Quote
  • "Heather birds live on the mythological moors and fly about all day long, singing wild and sweet in the sun. (Plath 8)
  • When Millicent meets her "big sister", Bev, Bev calls her a gopher because she's being initiated. Millicent's feelings toward this nickname is not good and she describes feeling as if "rebellion is flooding through her"
  • Symbol
  • Millicent desribes Betsy Johnson's basement as a sealed jar. She says "the basement room and dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar." This is a similie because it uses the word like.
  • WHile Millicent is going through initiation, asking people about their breakfast, one man tells her he eats heather bird eyebrows on toast. This quote stays with Millicent for the rest of story, and helps convey the theme at the end.
  • The heather bird is introduced at the end of the story, when Millicent is asking people o abus what they eat for breakfast as part of the initiation. One man tells her heather birds, and about how they fly free and do whatever they want. Millicent thinks of herself as a heather bird at the end of the story when she decides not to join the sorority. To Millicent, the heather bird symbolizes freedom and happiness.
  • Within Millicent another melody soared, strong and exuberant, a triumphant answer to the music of the darting heather birds that sang so clear and lilting over the far lands. And she knew that her own private initiation had just begun. (Plath 9-10)
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