place that awaken her and where she goes to be away from her reality and the

Place that awaken her and where she goes to be away

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place that awaken her and where she goes to be away from her reality and the responsibilities that come with it. She travels there with Robert, a man she is infatuated with and longs to be around. Robert helps Edna get over her fear of the water and teaches her to swim at Grand Isle. The experience she has in the water gives her the courage to achieve her self fulfillment.Leonce’s house is the place Edna does not want to be. His house symbolizes her unwanted relationship and responsibilities forced upon her as she is trapped in the birdcage. Although she is surrounded by her husband and children she is alone in the universe because she desires to live her life the way she plans. The “pigeon house” is the smaller house close to Leonce’s house that she buys and lives in on her own. This is where she can express herself through her expressions and art and be free like a bird. She has longed for this life which is her own life; to be able to make her own choices. ThemesBecoming independent from societal standards: Edna’s awakening is seen as her gaining her individual freedom by making decisions that are not reliant on society’s viewsExercising the freedom of choice: The freedom of choice can be seen through multiple characters. The freedom of choice is not solely about defying standards but about making a personal decision for oneself. Love for another does not merit the sacrifice of oneself: Like Edna, one shouldn’t make decisions based on others they love, but on what they want for themselves. Love does not have torequire giving oneself up for another to be considered real; people should maintain their individual identities above all else. Art is self expression: Different forms of art can be used to express creativity, purpose, and passion. Mademoiselle Reisz expresses herself through music while Edna grows as an individual by practicing her painting. Symbols-Art: Art represents Edna’s escape from reality. It is as subjective and expressive as Edna’s womanhood. As Edna begins to embrace her identity and awaken, her artwork gets better with her growth. Mademoiselle Reisz tells Edna that a true artist must have courage.Thus, Edna grows as an artist as she finds the courage to reject society’s expectations of her and reclaim her true self.-Swimming: Swimming represents Edna’s act of breaking free of her limitations. The time before she knew how to swim is parallel to her inability to overcome social expectations and find her individual place in the universe. She learns to swim at Grand
Abdou 1Isle, the origin of the start of her awakening, and she is finally able to push past her boundaries and begin her journey towards unconstrained independence.-The Sea: The sea corresponds with Edna’s desire to swim. The sea is passionate and welcoming. It represents boundless opportunities that are seductive to Edna. Edna is empowered by the sea because it is the place where she first learns to take control over her own body.

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