As Edna pushes deeper through the process of her awakening, she becomes increasingly dissatisfied with the life she leads. Like the bird, Edna also feels unable to express herself in society.
Art represents failure because Edna does not achieve everything that she was looking for. Furthermore, he has no regrets or worries when he pursues a relationship with Edna, a married woman. As Edna begins to experience things that lead her to her awakening, she realizes the bars she is trapped behind and becomes restless.
Still, Edna yearns to be independent for the typical trapped bird. Chopin seeks an identity for women that is neither wife nor mother. Get out!
The only person who understands her is Mademoiselle Reisz, who is symbolized by the mockingbird that flits outside the window. The Use of Birds as Symbols in The Awakening by Lori Dorrin The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a truly enlightening novel about a young woman who begins to really live her life for herself, breaking out of the various barriers of society and family.Art becomes a symbol of both freedom and failure. While the twins are once again playing the same songs on the piano the parrot shrieks, "Allez vous-en! Edna is warned that to gain her freedom is a difficult battle. Although she has yet to admit it, Edna despises their duet as well, as it stands for everything in her life that rejects her character. They too, are unknowingly trapped by society and familial responsibilities. In the same way that the parrot cannot free himself of his cage, Edna cannot ever fully break free of the limitations that society has placed on her as a woman, wife, and mother. Accompanying the parrot in a separate cage is a homely mockingbird whose song is much more beautiful but whose appearance is dull and plain in comparison with the parrot.
This message represents the forbidden and taboo thoughts racing through the mind of Edna Pontellier during her post-awakening period. The symbolism of birds as women, clothing as freedom, and even art as personal freedom or failure, beautify the novel and give it a deeper meaning.
As the novel progresses, Edna realizes she has friends who at times know her better than herself and are always willing to give advice.
The last straw is pulled when she moves from her elaborate mansion to a more modest dwelling. If Edna is to defy her society and deny her family, she must be strong, and she must not care what anyone else thinks if she is going to make herself happy.