While the point of an initiation is to induct a person into a group, Nick’s father consistently demeans those around him, including Nick. Nicks father tells him "This lady is going to have a baby, Nick." When Nick responds, “I know” his father says, “you don’t know” (47.) Nick’s father establishes that he is the most intelligent. For an initiation to be successful the one conducting it must consider the one being initiated to be an equal, this is not the case with Nick’s father. This means that the initiation was a failure before the cesarean even began. The initiation is a façade, in reality Nick’s father is only showing what a skilled doctor his is. He states that his surgery that day is “one for the medical journal” (118.) The entire endeavor was not to give his son an interest in medicine, or apparently not even to help ease the pain of a new mother being that he brought no anesthetic (58) or proper surgery tools (119,) but to show off that he could complete a difficult surgery with unusual tools.
On top of the fact that Nick’s father belittles Nick, he also belittles the American Indians, which in the end is the final flaw in the rite of passage ritual. When the Indian woman is going through labor, she screams. Nick asks his father to give her something to ease her pain, however, his father states that he brought nothing to ease her pain and "her screams are not important. I don't hear