Symbolism In The Awakening

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In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening a wife and a mother of two, Edna Pontellier, discovers her desires as a woman to live life to the fullest extent and to find her true self. Eventually, her discovery leads to friction between friends, family, and the dominant values of society. Through Chopin's use of Author’s craft and literary elements, the readers have a clear comprehension as to what the author is conveying. The writer narrates the novel in third person point of view. Although the story mainly centered around Mrs.Pontellier, The Awakening is omniscient. For instance, in the first few pages Mr.Pontellier views Edna as his property (Chopin, 4), or the When Madame Ratignolle tells Robert to back off flirting with Edna considering she might find him being serious (Chopin, 50), and when Mr. Pontellier concludes that Mrs. Pontellier is perhaps mentally ill (Chopin, 169-170).These scenes show us the other characters opinions and feelings and not what just what Edna feels, they also aid in understanding Edna as a character. Symbolism also plays an enormous role, birds, oceans, and sound are three different interpretations of Edna. Throughout the entire story, caged birds appear quite often resembling the trapped society of Mrs. Pontellier, it also serves as a reminder that she's caged like a bird wanting to escape and also the entrapment of women in that specific time. In the beginning, the parrot talking to Mr. Pontellier saying to leave in French represents as Edna’s
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