The Awakening By Kate Chopin

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Birds are the main theme in the novel The Awakening. Many people when they read the first statement, should be perplexed and try to grasp the concept of how birds can be the main theme of The Awakening. However, throughout the novel, we see many examples of birds appearing in the text. Many great authors use the power of symbolism to establish a connection between an object that seems ordinary to a human counterpart whose actions and intentions are masked by the way the actions are executed. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin uses birds to represent the different parts of Edna’s life and how they relate to her throughout the text.
The first example of the representation of Edna is seen at the start of the book with the parrot. ‘A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: “Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all right!” He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mockingbird that hung on the other side of the door…”(Chopin 1 ) This bird represents Edna. Not only is this bird caged and trapped in its environment, but it is also exclaiming and crying for help. This cry can only be heard by the mockingbird that sits across the room. The mockingbird represents Edna 's true and close friends that understand the predicament she is in. Edna is able to internally cry to herself and live out her life as she is expected to. Just like Edna, this parrot in the cage has a

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