Compare & Contrast of Initation and the Fan Club

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Comparison and Contrast of Characterization in
Silvia Plath’s, Initiation and Rona Maynard’s, The Fan Club

Every reader has a favorite author; one who creates literature in a way that strikes them emotionally or catches their attention. Each author writes in a unique form, or an author’s style, to introduce literary elements to their writing. A key piece of an author’s overall writing style is how they introduce and develop characters. An author utilizes characterization to describe personal thoughts and appearance by usage of a direct description of the character, another character’s words or opinions of the character being described, or the character’s own words, thoughts, or actions. Characterization is important to an author’s style of writing because it allows the reader to compare a character’s changing thoughts, feelings, and actions throughout the story to reveal their level of maturation and acceptance of the plot. Authors Silvia Plath of Initiation, and Rona Maynard of The Fan Club, use both similar and different techniques of introducing characters to their stories.

Both authors create the personality and appearance of their main characters by presenting their thoughts. Silvia Plath describes her main character, Millicent, overall as a plain, shy, brown-haired girl from Lansing High School, looking to revolutionize the way students in her school accept individual personalities by opting out of an invitation to join the “popular” sorority. To highlight these points of Millicent’s character, Plath writes: “What girl at Lansing High would not want to be in her place now? Millicent thought, amused. What girl would not want to be one of the elect, no matter if it did mean five days of initiation before and after school, ending in the climax of Rat Court on Friday night when they made the new girls members?” At the end of the story, Plath includes Millicent thinking to herself, “How she had proved something to herself by going through...
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