Throughout the novel Chopin reveals through the symbolism of the caged parrot Edna’s will to free herself from the life she lives. A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: `Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That's all right!''' (19) Like the parrot, Edna is caged in the life she lives in with Mr. Pontillier and their kids. She has the desire, the want, to fly away and leave the cage but cannot. Mademoiselle warns Edna, “The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth." (82) Mademoiselle is telling Edna that her leaving could result in failure. Once more Edna wants to be that bird to get away from everyone, to fly away from the society she live...
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... said “Each one of you has something no one else has, or has ever had: your fingerprints, your brain, your heart. Be an individual. Be unique.” If this kind of mentality was in Edna’s period she might have had no reason to end her life the way she did.
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