Protagonist, Edna Pontellier, isn't your average stay at home mother, she is often treated as one of the children by her husband. He, Mr. Leonce Pontellier, finds her mothering skills lacking and that her "habitually neglect of the children" is frustrating. The summer air draws Edna out doors, where
RobertLebrun befriends her, he tells her of his dreams and plans. Every summer he attaches himself to a different woman, but no one suspects anything. Everyone on the isle is use to Robert enticing a different woman every summer but there is something different about the way he treats Edna. Edna becomes closer to Robert as the summer goes on but he eventually leaves for Mexico, she is all alone and is forced to go back to their winter home. She is lost without Robert and he never sends her letters, she realizes how detached her family has become and that her husband isn't as much help as he is harm to her, emotionally. She longs to see Robert, she misses his companionship. She then befriends Adele, who seems to take the place of Robert for a short time. But when Adele wants more out the relationship she pushes him away. During this time it wasn't unusual for a married woman to be seen with an unmarried man. The woman could show affection without losing or chancing her respect. However, in Edna's case Robert would end up being more than a friend. She moves out of her home when her husband leaves on business, and she sends her children to stay with some family. Robert returns and they admit to one another that they love each other. But, instead of hurting her reputation and that of her well- respected husband, she kills herself. Edna thought that if she was out of the picture that everything would be okay, and that her husband would never have to know how she truly felt about him and Robert. This was a very bold statement in literature that Kate Chopin made. Kate gave Edna independence and allows her to discover her true identity, which was unheard of at this time. Edna awakens from this time in which women had certain limitations and they were almost as slaves. Edna came to grips with this view of society and rebelled against it, she found herself. Edna begins to realize her true potential, her own strength, and she really awakens when she reveals some long-repressed emotions that have been building up inside of her. She learns to express herself in love and passion, she opens her vocabulary to reveal herself. Edna uses her death to rebel against society and their views of women. Edna is alone and yet she finds freedom throughout the story, we are aware of this when she is by the sea. The sea symbolizes freedom for Edna, the isle they are on allows Edna to escape her duties of everyday life and she learns to appreciate herself. Edna was reborn by the water, it awakened her. The caged birds meticulously placed throughout the story represent Edna, and how society has kept her trapped, but her suicide is the key to the cage, at least that is how Edna sees it.
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