All of these new feelings surrounding passion, love, and independence leave Edna more than confused, and she ultimately decides to move into a home by herself in order to be fully independent.
Here is an example essay that explores both characters’ search for identity and the turmoil they suffer throughout the stories.
You might also compare Edna’s journey to a current or classic film. The movie is about two best friends (named, of course, Thelma and Louise) who long to escape their ordinary lives.
Edna isn’t the type of gal to sit around moping, though.
Another man, Alcee, flirts with her, and while her husband is in New York for work, she begins an affair with Alcee.
There really isn’t a love connection this time, however.
It’s more of a friends-with-benefits relationship as Edna is still in love with Robert.
You’d think Edna would be head over heels and ready to say yes to his marriage proposal, but she turns him down.
She doesn’t want to belong to anyone—not to her husband and not to Robert.
You might, for instance, compare Edna’s journey to that of Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House.
Nora, too, is unhappy in her relationship and leaves her husband and children in an attempt to find herself.