The Awakening

The pigeon house pleased her. It at once assumed the intimate character of a home, while she herself invested it with a charm which it reflected like a warm glow. There was with her a feeling of having descended in the social scale, with a corresponding s

The pigeon house pleased her. It at once assumed the intimate character of a home, while she herself invested it with a charm which it reflected like a warm glow. There was with her a feeling of having descended in the social scale, with a corresponding sense of having risen in the spiritual. Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual. She began to look with her own eyes; to see and to apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life. No longer was she content to "feed upon opinion" when her own soul had invited her. How does Edna’s move into the pigeon house reflect her changing priorities? The move shows that she has come to value her relationship with her husband, because she hopes he will move there with her. The move shows that she is becoming more concerned with growing as a person than keeping up appearances. The move shows that she is becoming increasingly worried about upsetting her husband with her spending habits. The move shows that she is learning that societal values should come before her personal values.

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