The "Initiation" is an archetypical situation in which an individual comes into maturity. He or she gains a new awareness into the nature of circumstances and problems and understands his or her responsibility for trying to resolve the dilemma. Typically, a hero receives a calling, a message or signal that he or she must make sacrifices and become responsible for getting involved in the problem. Often a hero will deny and question the calling but ultimately, he/she will accept the responsibility.
In Empire of the Sun, what is the event in which Jim is "initiated?" What is he like before the "initiation" and how does his life change after the "initiation?" What are the advantages and disadvantages of his initiation?