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fight society and uses birds to demonstrate this knowledge. Finally, Edna moves to what she calls her exhausted “pigeon house.” The name that Edna chooses for this house implies the defeat of a bird that, in turn, implies the defeat of Edna. During Edna’s escape, birds gauge her success and continue to mirror her actions. Later, when Edna realizes the hopelessness of her situation, birds act as clear indicators of Edna’s success in freeing herself and foreshadow her fate. Upon reaching the beach, Edna looks around and sees a sign of what is to become of her: “a bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water” (115). The bird is a final omen that reflects Mademoiselle Reisz’s words: “it is sad to see

the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth” (83). Disabled and weakened because of its broken wing, it falls back to earth and suffers defeat. Edna soon does the same when she kills herself because she does not possess “the courageous soul that dares and defies” (116). Though at times the symbol is over-used and obvious, birds plays the two important roles of foreshadowing Edna’s future and gauging her success. While in the beginning, they mirror her actions and depict her feelings, in the end, they show her failure in escaping from society.