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  • Flashback
  • She could not exactly say what had decided her revolt, but it definitely had something to do with Tracy and some-thing to do with the heamer birds. What girl at Lansing High would not want to be in her place now? (Plath, 2)
  • Simile
  • "The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar" (Plath, 1)
  • Theme
  • 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 fa r lands. And she knew that her own private initiation had just begun. (Plath, 9)
  • The beginning and end of the story takes place with Millient sitting on a woodpile. During her time on the woodpile she has a flashback to her initiation. The importance of this flashback is that is shows she is being reflective and thinking about her final decision.
  • Symbol
  • Outside, the sparrows were still chirping, and as she lay in bed Millicent visualized them, pale gray-brown birds in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike. 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)
  • In the first sentence of the story, the author uses a simile. The simile is: "The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar". The simile shows that the basement is uncomfortable and hard to get out of.
  • Personification
  • "Would he ask her out ever just for herself, no strings attached?" (Plath, 6)
  • The theme of the story is freedom and individuality. The theme is portrayed when Millicent made her final decision of not being in the sorority. The heather bird represents this.
  • Character
  • "GET UP, GOPHER!" (Plath, 5)
  • A symbol in Initiation is the heather bird and sparrow. The heather bird represents Millicent and the sparrow represents the sorority. MIllicent thinks of heather birds during her time in the basement and finally makes her decision on what she wants to be.
  • The author uses personification when she talks about strings being attached with Millicent and Herb. The quote is "Would he ask her out ever just for herself, no strings attached?" This shows that Millicent wants to be in a relationship with Herb, but with no side deal or agreement.
  • In the story, Initiation Bev is a flat character. She doesn't change over the book at all. She is still mean and bossy to Millicent. That is how Bev is a flat character.
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