Although his intentions are not taken seriously Edna slowly falls in love with

Although his intentions are not taken seriously edna

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Although his intentions are not taken seriously, Edna slowly falls in love with him without noticing. At first, their relationship was innocent. It began with Robert teaching Edna how to swim and then talking and laughing. As they grew closer, their easy-going relationship and happy conversations led Edna to “awake from a dream” that has taken a while to awaken from. Edna feels more alive than ever before, and she begins painting again as she did when she was younger. Edna and Robert, however, never speak of their mutual feelings. In a patriarchal society, Leonce was supposed to claim Edna as her own possession, but after her swimming lessons, Edna begins to be aware of her independence and her sexuality. Slowly Edna becomes unexplainably depressed with her husband and utterly joyful with Robert and in her moments alone. It was not until Robert left to Mexico without her being informed until last minute, that she began to change her attitudes and urging for her independence. Robert left because of his forbidden love for Edna and honorably removes himself from Grand Isle. Then, Edna returns to Southern Louisiana for the winter as a changed woman. There, she pursuits her painting and ignores all motherly obligations and social responsibilities. Her first encounter with the change was when Leonce asked Edna to stay on Tuesdays’ for the reception day, but instead she left without any excuses. Worried about Edna’s constant disobedience and changing attitude, Leonce goes to Mr. Mandelet and asks him for advice. The physician suspects that the reason for the change is because Edna is having an affair, but he does not mention this to Leonce. He tells Leonce, however, to let Edna continue and to leave her alone; her defiance will soon leave. Thus, Leonce leaves for a business trip and sends their children to their grandmother while Edna is left alone in New Orleans. Edna then declares that she is independent by purchasing a small house and declaring that she is no one’s possession. Edna befriends Mademoiselle Reisz, an ill-tempered, rude, and independent pianist and spends time with her to relax with music. Edna is moved by her music playing and visits the woman often. She also enjoys reading the letters that Robert sends to the woman. Mademoiselle Reisz serves as an inspiration and muse for Edna, who continues with her independence. Mademoiselle is the only one that knows about Robert and Edna’s secret love for one another and encourages Edna to admit and act upon her emotions. Edna then pursues an affair with womanizer Alcee Arobin. Never emotionally attached to Arobin, Edna takes control of their affair and never lets Arobin take possession of her- Satisfying her sexual urges but retaining from male dominance. Unable to stay away for long and constantly thinking about Edna, Robert returns to New Orleans. Their first encounter was not what Edna thought it would be. They were jealous and upset with each other, but on the second unexpected meeting, Robert returns with Edna to the house and they openly declare their love for one another. He

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