Initiation

Initiation
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  • 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)
  • Flashback
  • "She could see now that what she was sitting on was a woodpile next to the furnace." (Plath 1)
  • Symbolism
  • ¨Heather birds live on mythological moors and fly about all day long. singing wild and sweet in the sun¨(Plath 8)
  • At the beginning of the story Millicent compares a basement to a sealed jar. This represents her feeling trapped.
  • Theme
  • ¨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 9)
  • At the beginning of the story, Millicent is sitting on a woodpile. During the time she is sitting there, she has a flashback to when she was in initiation to get into a sorority. The story ends the flash back and she is back on the woodpile.
  • Characterization
  • ¨And from that time on, initiations didn't bother Millicent at all. She went gaily about Lewiston Square from store to store asking for broken crackers and mangoes, and she just laughed inside when people stared and then brightened, answering her crazy questions as if she were quite serious and really a person of consequence.¨ (Plath 8)
  • Millicent uses birds to symbolize her life. The heather birds were used to symbolize who he wants to be as a person. The other bird, the sparrow, represented the sorority girls.
  • Characterization
  • " You've drawn Beverly Mitchell for a big sister. I wanted to warn you that she's the toughest, but if you get through all right it'll be all the more credit for you." (Plath 5)
  • The theme is to accept people for who they are, and not to do something to become popular. Millicent decides not to join the sorority through so she can be friends with everyone.
  • When Millicent was taking a survey down the bus she started to have a change in mind. In the end she decided she wasn't afraid of the rest of initiation. It was soon enough that she made her final decision.
  • Bev is described as a tough character. During Initiation, she treats her peers very poorly. The one being initiated seems to feel like they aren't doing enough or is it good enough. Everyone knows she is the toughest out of the group and is the one too impress.
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