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In the short story Initiation Silvia Plath tells the story of a girl who is trying to fit in by being in an exclusive club She ends up finding out how to be herself and not joining the club Through symbolism conflict and characterization Plath shows readers the importance of being yourself One of the big symbols in the story is birds specifically Heather birds Millicent the main character finds out about these birds on the bus from a guy whom she met while being dared as part of an initiation The man on the bus describes these birds as mythological creatures Heather birds live on the mythological moors and fly about all day long singing wild and sweet in the sun Theyre bright purple and have very tasty eyebrows4 This quote describes the Heather birds the man talks about in the story Towards the end of the story Millicent is deciding between becoming a Heather bird or an ordinary bird that follows the flock The ordinary birds symbolize the girls who go through the humiliation of initiation and become members of the sorority The Heather birds symbolize Millicent because she found out how to be herself from the initiation She did not follow the rest of the flock to become a member Instead she rejected the invitation to join the sorority Millicent discovers a lot about herself from the initiation process and this is symbolized by the Heather birds The worst part the hardest part the part of the initiation that I figured out myself But just then from somewhere far off Millicent was sure of it there came a melodic fluting quite wild and sweet and she knew that it must be the song of the Heather birds5 This quote illustrates how Millicent is symbolized by the
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