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After Mr. Pontellier, her husband, leaves home to go on a business trip, Edna made a drastic decision, as she was feeling not an individual but only a property person, to abandon him and home and move into what has been nicknamed the “pigeon house” (page 90),. Pigeons are connected to the symbol of house and home, and because of that she took her home “independence” in the same area she lived with her family. Pigeons actually symbolize determination and the ability to overcome whatever obstacles lie in a person’s path. Edna’s separation from marital restriction enables her to seek her own individuality, having an affair with another man. She prefers to define her role more actively rather than to be a passive object. The characteristics of pigeons and Edna are closely linked, both expressing rebellious attributes.