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Madameoiselle Riesz tells Edna that in order to suceed the artist must possess the couragous soulthe brave soul The soul that dares and defies This most accurately describes Edna Edna does possess the courages soul and the soul that dares and defies She was inspired my Madameoiselle Riesz who is an artist herself and possesses the soul to be only herself With the help of Madameoiselle Riesz Edna was able to be herself and act out on her desires and urges She no longer had to force herself to be someone who she wasnt in order to fit in with the mother-women She no longer had to fit in Madameoiselle Riesz gave Edna the courage to search deep inside herself for what was really there for even she had no idea and then act on that At the beginning of the novel Edna is only existing only going through the motions of life She is unhappy and doesnt really know why Deep inside her is the need to escape and be free from her obligations as a wife and mother She has always possessed this independent attitude and felt trapped by her family It was only when Edna met and became friends with Adele and Madameoiselle Reisz that she was able to realize why she was unhappy and what was missing in her life As Edna begins to realize more and more about herself and what she is missing in her life she is able to become more independent and become the free women she has always seceretly desired to become Edna refuses to be controlled and devote heself to her husband and children She wants to be independent able to come and go as she pleases without having to worry about the rules and restrictions that come with being married and having a family She receives this independence when Leonce allows her to stay home while he goes away on buisniness and the children
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