Initiation Storyboard

Initiation Storyboard
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  • Beginning
  • "She could not exactly say what had decided her revolt , but it definitely had something to do with Tracy and something to do with the heather birds. (Plath 240)
  • Millicent gets in
  • "I was really thrilled to get the invitation, but kind of sorry that Tracy didn't get in, too." (Plath 242)
  • "Tracy was a bit too different" (Plath 242)
  • Millicents big sister Bev
  • "I said get up, are you deaf?" (Plath 243)
  • Millicent sits on a woodpile and she has flashbacks to her time being initiated into the sorority. A simile used is "the basement was warm and dark, like the inside of a sealed jar."
  • Resisting temptation
  • "I even like your straight hair and all" (Plath 244)
  • Millicent gets into the sorority, and it kind of leaves her best friend, Tracy, out. One example of personification is "Heather birds live on mythological moors and fly about all day long, singing wild and sweet in the sun."
  • Man on the bus
  • "What do you eat for breakfast?" (Plath 246)
  • Millicent gets Bev as a big sister, who is the meanest and toughest big sister. Bev forces her to carry her things and is very mean to Millicent. One example of a symbol in the story is the Heather birds. They symbolize that you should be your own person.
  • Heather Birds
  • "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 far over the lands. (Plath 247)
  • Millicent has to resist temptations of talking to the popular boys in school. Herb Dalton, captain of the basketball team, comes up to her to talk to her, as part of initiation. One good quote from the story was "How she had proved something to herself by going through everything, even Rat Court, and then deciding not to join the sorority after all. And how she could still be friends with everybody. Sisters with everybody. Tracy, too.
  • Millicent goes around to people on the bus and asks them what they ate for breakfast. People say mostly normal things, until she gets to a man in the back who says he eats Heather Birds' eyebrows. A good character from the story is Millicent, who wanted to be a part of the exclusive group in school, but in the end felt accepted for who she was.
  • "Heather bird's eyebrows on toast!" (Plath 246)
  • The story gets out of the flashback and back to Millicent sitting on the stack of wood. By this point, Millicent has realized that she doesn't need to be part of any group to be accepted. The theme is that you should just be yourself and not what everyone wants you to be.
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