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Unformatted text preview: together. Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being and to recognize her reactions as an individual to the world within and about her. This shows that the more that she spends time with Robert, the more she thinks that she is awakening to her new life. Mademoiselle Reisz is a very important character to the journey of self discovery that Edna goes through. Mademoiselle feels very strongly about following your dreams. She encourages Edna to act on her feelings for Robert and on her love of art. She helps Edna to see that she does not have to be afraid of her feelings. One consequence to exploring her new found freedom and independence she becomes cut off from her husband, her children, and her friends. For Edna to wake up in this book means for her to begin to acknowledge the person that she has wanted to be. She is able to act on her thoughts and feelings after being some what of a prisoner in her own life....
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