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Throughout The Awakening Kate Chopin conveys her ideas by using carefully crafted symbols that reflect her characters thoughts and futures One of the most important of these symbols the bird appears constantly interwoven in the story to provide an insight to the condition of Ednas and her struggle At each of the three stages of her struggle birds foreshadow her actions and emphasize the actions importance while the birds physical state provides an accurate measure of that of Ednas Early in the novel while Edna attempts to escape from societys strong grasp birds emphasize her entanglement by forecasting her actions and monitor her development by reflecting her feelings The novel opens with the image of a bird trapped and unable to communicate a green and yellow parrot which hung in the cage outside the doorcould speak a little Spanish and also a language that nobody understood 1 Like the bird Edna feels trapped and believes that society has imprisoned her Her marriage to Mr Pontellier suffocates her and keeps her from being free At the same time she remains shut apart from society like the bird in the cage and different ideas and feelings prevent her from communicating The only person in society that begins to understand her Robert eventually decides that he must remain a member of society instead of staying with her He says that you Edna were not free you were Leonce Pontelliers wife and that Robert was demented dreaming of wild impossible thingssuch as men who had set their wives free 108 Robert does not want to do something wild and unacceptable to society In a situation parallel to that of Ednas the only bird that understands the parrot is the mockingbird Reisz that is whistling its fluty notes upon the breeze with maddening persistence 1 Because the parrot continues to shriek people move it away from their society Mr Farvial insisted upon having the bird removed and consigned to
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