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Unformatted text preview: have no love for her. Toward the final chapter Edna begins to shake off her norms of society and explores life in a new way. She has an affair with a man other than her husband. She then moves on to several other sexual adventures. But soon her dreams come crashing down. After admitting defeat and tired of wearing her mask Edna leaves her troubles at the shore and swims out to her watery grave. Edna is compared to a bird powerful and mighty flying over the ocean, yet the bird is fluttering, beaten, and tattered, falling down to the ocean to drown and end the misery. A bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water.(American Lit.: Chopin 624)...
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