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Unformatted text preview: Edna's status as a trophy wife a woman whose life of leisure is a testament to her husband's financial success is essential to her development, however. Because she has servants to attend to necessary household tasks and take care of her children, she can devote time to art, solitary reflection, and the influential relationships. Reviewers from the 1970s until the present note that the servants in Edna's household are rarely heard to speak, and frequently their names are not given. The lack of attention in the novel to the servant women's perspectives tells a great deal in the omission if Edna could not free herself from the role society cast her in, how much more difficult must it have been for those women trapped in Louisiana's elaborate racial caste system. Only a few short decades after the Civil War, Louisiana retained its intensely bigoted environment and practices.short decades after the Civil War, Louisiana retained its intensely bigoted environment and practices....
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- Fall '09