What is Edna's process of awakening in "The Awakening"?

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Edna Pontellier's awakening to a greater sense of personal freedom seems to take great strides in her encounters with other people who model or demonstrate to her that freedom in their own behavior.  The first pivotal moment for Edna is listening to the piano playing of Madame Adèle Ratignolle, which inspires in Edna a sublime sense of freedom.  Madame Ratignolle herself lives an independent life that she seems to enjoy, and so Edna begins to form a friendship with her. 

Edna’s other friendships, with Robert Lebrun and later Alcée Arobin, also encourage in her a new sense of freedom, particularly as she is...

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