Figurative Language- Initiation

Figurative Language- Initiation
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  • Simile
  • "The basement was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar, Millicent thought, her eyes getting used to the strange dimness." (Plath 1)
  • Personification
  • "The bus was swinging into the station now; Millicent hated to leave the little man. She wanted to ask him more about the birds." (Plath 8)
  • Flashback
  • "She could see now that what she was sitting on was a woodpile next to a furnace." (Plath 1)
  • This simile compares the basement and the sealed jar with the word like. It could mean that she is trapped in the basement like things are trapped in a sealed jar. It could also mean that she is in a scary situation while in the dark basement like it would be scary to be in a sealed jar.
  • Theme
  • Plath gave a human-like quality to the bus by saying it was swinging into the station. The bus is not alive so it can't swing by itself, it had to be swinging because of something the bus driver did.
  • Character- Bev
  • "Get up, gopher." (Plath 5)
  • The beginning and end of the story takes place with Millicent sitting on a woodpile. During her time on the woodpile, she has a flashback to her initiation. The importance of this flashback is that it shows she is being reflective and thinking about her final decision.
  • Symbolism
  • "Outside, the sparrows were still chirping, and as she lay in bed Millicent visualized them, pale grey-brown birds in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike." (Plath 9)
  • The theme is individuality because in the beginning she wanted acceptance. At the end, Millicent chooses to be different and believes it’s a good thing. This gives her acceptance through self-confidence.
  • "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)
  • An example of Bev being rude is when she says, "Get up, gopher." Another time is when Louise says, "Don't laugh or talk back or try to be funny, or she 'll just make it harder for you, and believe me, she's a great one for doing that." This reveals that other characters know that she is strict and rude.
  • The sparrows represent the girls at her school that are all alike and look and act the same. The heather birds represent Millicent and how she chooses freedom and is individual/unique.
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