Sylvia Plath, Initiation

Sylvia Plath, Initiation

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  • Flashback
  • The quote was from page 2 of "Initiation" by Sylvia Plath.
  • Similie
  • The quote was from page 3 of "Initiation" by Sylvia Plath.
  • Symbolism
  • The quote was from page 9 of "Initiation" by Sylvia Plath.
  • At the beginning of the story, Millicent is sitting upon a woodpile. She is telling of previous times during the initiation. This brings her to talking about her school and how she is special for receiving an invitation to join such a high leveled sorority. After this, she speaks of Tracy, her best friend, which ultimately leads to the beginning of the flashback where Millicent talks of how there will be no difference between them when she joins. Even Tracy had been wistful when she heard that Millicent had been one ofme five girls to receive an invitation. "It won't be any different with us, Tracy,"Millicent had told her. "We'll still go around together like we always have, and next year you'll surely get in". This quote is the lead in to the flashback. It starts with Millicent thinking upon the wood pile, and ends with Millicent in the past speaking to Tracy.
  • "It was as if she had been sitting for years in a pavilion outside a dance floor, looking in through the windows at the golden interior, with the lights clear and the air like honey, wistfully watching the couples waltzing to the never-ending music, laughing in pairs and groups together, no one alone." This quote describes a simile. This is true because it compares the waiting for acceptance to waiting outside a grand pavilion. Millicent wants to be accepted into the sorority which is filled with people that talk, hang out, and have fun together. This is like the inside of the pavilion where people are dancing and having a blast with no one left out. Millicent thinks that if she were to be accepted into the group she could be dancing and playing with everyone as well.
  • "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". This quote depicts how Millicent has soared above the sorority and it will no longer hold her down. She can be like the heather bird and escape from the flock and be on her own where she can make friends with whomever she would like. No longer will her song be muffled. She can sing her song for all to hear and all to enjoy. Everyone can be a friend and she will not be trapped behind the beariers of the sororaty.
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