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Mademoiselle Reisz was neither surprise nor interested by Edna's decision to move. However, she brings Edna's motives into question and forces Edna to come to the realization that she is moving in order to " never again belong to another than herself." (85) Edna decides to have a large dinner party before moving. This is to celebrate life and forget her worries for a night. Edna learns Robert intends to visit very soon. Edna is shocked and is unsure how to respond. Mademoiselle Reisz said, "If I were young and in love with a man it seems to me he would have to be some grand esprit; a man with lofty aims and ability to reach them; one who stood high enough to attract the notice of his fellow- men. It seems to me if I were young and in love I should never deem a man of ordinary caliber worthy of my devotion.”(86) This suggests that Mademoiselle Reisz wouldn't easily burden herself with a man, and if she were to have a man, she would only have him if he allowed for her own independence.
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Chapter XXVII 1. Explain how the bird symbolism resurfaces in this chapter. What does it foreshadow? 1. At less than one page, this is the shortest chapter in the book. What of any significancehas occurred in this short chapter? 1. What does the fact that Edna never questions her actions indicate? 2. How does Edna appear to be a different person now? S-26 The bird symbolism foreshadows Edna's failure to overcome the female stereotype within society despite her awakening to the oppression of women. Ultimately, at the end of the book Edna dies after discovering the lack of rights women have and the impossibililty of changing the framework of Creole society. This short chapter allows Edna to come to the realization that she is in love with Robert. Her affair with Alcee was simply for her own pleasure. The fact that Edna never questions her actions indicates her newfound self- confidence. Additionally, it indicates that she has taken authority over her own life instead of the men in this patriarchial society. Edna appears to be a different person now due to her new style of dress and newfound self reliance. The text states, "Arobin found her with rolled sleeves, working in company with the house-maid when he looked in during the afternoon. She was splendid and robust, and had never appeared handsomer than in the old blue gown, with a red silk handkerchief knotted at random around her head to pro- tect her hair from the dust." (90) This shows how independent Edna has become. Furthermore, her more manly style indicates her increased role of authority, traditionally a male gender role.
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