Initiation Sylvia Plath Essay

897 Words Nov 9th, 2010 4 Pages
Chantal Chau
Analysis of a Key Passage,
Initiation by Sylvia Plath

In Initiation by Sylvia Plath, the author suggests that conformity and having friends is a wonderful idea, yet the idea of having an individual identity and being an individual is stronger. In the excerpt, Millicent is slowly realizing that conforming and being a part of a sorority is not as exciting as it sounds, and being an individual offers more opportunities to become a unique person.
Millicent is an average girl who no one really notices, when one day, a sorority group decides to allow her to join, but she must past their initiation test first. At first, Millicent is ecstatic, and proud that she can finally be a part of society, but slowing, and in the beginning
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It is then that her decision to use “other ways” to enter this great hall, without being simply a hollow princes. Just before she is actually accepted into the sorority, the door to the basement opens, and the description of the “ray of light” that “sliced across the soft gloom of the basement room” shows the difference between identical, shallow girls and the deeper, unique members of the world. The ray of light that sliced across the room symbolized the epiphany she had, how she now knows that she cannot be a part of the “soft gloom of the basement room”, where everyone is the same, there is nothing special about anyone. As Millicent is leaving the basement, she hears the “song of the heather birds as they went wheeling and gliding against wide blue horizons through vast spaces of air, their wings flashing quick and purple in the bright sun” and in her final decision, her heart and soul joins the heather birds she has always been.
From the beginning, Millicent has always seem to have known that she could never be a shallow pretty girl; throughout the story, there are little clues of her reluctance to be part of the sorority, such as when she was talking to Lou, a member of the sorority, and discovering the many useless things the sorority does. But when she realizes she has more than just one option, Millicent suddenly becomes hopeful, and more positives changes arrive, such as “how she

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