Mr. Pontellier comes onto the porch upon arriving home read his newspaper but the sounds of the birds are bothering him. Instead of dealing with the birds, he decides to merely walk away from the situation. This foreshadows that is tendency of dealing with problems by walking away and not addressing them properly.
These birds are so annoying I just want to read my newspaper in peace!
Edna realizes that she can’t escape the bonds of the society she lives in through ordinary means. She Edna strips naked and swims out into the sea to drown. Her submergence in the water is symbolic of her submergence into freedom, a freedom that eventually floats her away.
"I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself.
Edna sees a bird with a broken wing trying to fly in the air only to fall down to the water even through all its struggle. This bird symbolizes Edna’s failure to soar and overcome her life’s troubles.
“a bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water.”