Mademoiselle Reisz What Makes Edna Pontellier

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As the mother of a family Edna is expected to live out her role as a caretaker of others. However, interactions with a different culture, her confidant (Mademoiselle Reisz), and the freedom of the sea cause Edna to see her expectations differently. This new form of thought induced by her surroundings provokes Edna to take action to transform her reality. Courageously, Edna refuses her responsibilities, in search of her own self-interest. A life confined to others is not the life of an artist. Edna is an artist, a trailblazer, who sees the truth of her own desires, and makes the steps to make her desires one with her nature.
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