Agh, somebody shut that parrot up, I cant read my newspaper!
Edna Pontellier, accompanied by her two sons and husband, are on vacation in Grand Isle for the summer. They are staying in cottages owned by Madame Lebrun.
Robert Lebrun, a charming young man, devotes himself to married women in Grand Isle every summer. He begins to flirt with Edna and seems to attract her in a way Leonce, her husband, doesn't. As Edna waits for her husband to go to dinner, she and Robert talk for hours about almost everything, even about the trees and the wind. Edna is very interested in Robert.
I plan on going to Mexico in autumn, where fortune awaits me.
Edna and her best friend Adele Ratignolle, go down to the beach for a long talk. Adele is a perfect representation of the ideal women of that society, devoting her life to her husband and children. Edna is very close minded but weirdly decides to express herself with Adele this day. Her thoights about her childhood got her thinking about how free she wanted to be.
I want to feel as free as I did when I was walking in the blue grass meadow as a child. I felt lost but liked the feeling.
I want to swim out where no woman had swum before.
Most of the beach-goers enter the water without a second thought, but Edna is hesitant. Despite the attempts of the other guests to teach her, she is still unable to swim. One day she finally decides to step in the water. She feels empowered and reckless, taking her one step forward to her very desired independent life.
After the Ponteiller's return to their home in New Orleans, Leonce goes on a business trip to New York and her children go to their grandma's house. Since she's all alone she makes a huge decision to move out of her house without anyone's consent. This resolution was a way of her showing that she doesn't want Leonce to make decisions for her and that she no longer cares about other people's opinions. This decision is a representation of her liberty.
The Pigeon House is bringing me closer to the independence I so much desire.
Taking off my clothes is restricted in this society, so by taking them off I prove how little I care and how free I really am.
Edna goes back to Grand Isle and even though she was warned the water was not in conditions to swim, she decides to go in. She begins to swim and as she thinks of Léonce and her children, she knows that she will not give her newly awakened soul to them. So, as she swims, she decides to let herself free and ends her life; her final act of freedom and independence.