The Awakening

The awakening by Kate Chopin

what does the fact that the bird (in the introduction) echoed the phrases of rejection and rebuff tell about the society in which the novel is set?

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The Awakening is very much about the social constraints imposed on women in Victorian society. The shrieking parrot yells, “Go away! Go away! For God’s sake". The bird is merely repeating the phrase that it has learned from listening to its endless repetition in the household. The parrot's words represent the impending divide between Mr. and Mrs. Pontellier.