The Awakening

by

Kate Chopin

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Birds

As in many Romantic works of the 19th century, birds in The Awakening are symbols of freedom and imagination. In flight, they soar above earthly rules and inhibitions. They observe the world from a cool… read analysis of Birds

The Sea

Such freedom comes with a price, however. The novel’s birds symbolize both the joys of freedom and its potential dangers. As she listens to Mademoiselle Reisz’s music, Edna imagines a man watching a bird… read analysis of The Sea