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EVELINE The story "Eveline", by James Joyce comes from a collection of stories called Dubiners. The stories were published in the 1905 and concern characters and life in Dublin, Ireland at the time. Much of the story revolves around an old room. The setting of the entire story is very plain. Nothing in Eveline's life ever seems to change. At the beginning of the story she`s in a deep reflective mood thinking outside a widow and seem to be dreaming as the world moves slowly as this is emphasis in the story by only a few people walking pass. The setting greatly influences Eveline in many different ways. The setting entraps Eveline in the short story. Similar to the room, Eveline's life is very dull. You say that Eveline is a product of her environment. She is trapped in this setting and does not know any other way in life except the way things are now for her. ...read more.

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She is too afraid to leave. She is trapped in Ireland perhaps? "She had those whom she had known all her life about her." Most of her peers have moved on to a new life of which she is accustomed to. She is trapped in the familiarity of her setting. If it were not for the setting of the story that is portrayed, as dull and plain one would not be able too fully understand Eveline which is how James Joyce done and believe worked wonderfully in making this short story seem life like. Due to Eveline being trapped in the setting of the story, one is fully able to comprehend many things about her attitude and sense of character which is one in whom is anxious, timid, scared and perhaps even terrified all these describe Eveline. Eveline loves her father but is fearful of him. She tries to hold onto good memories of her father, thinking "Sometimes he could be very nice". ...read more.

Conclusion

Eveline believes in Frank but is apprehensive about her future with him. She likes Frank; she thinks he "Was very kind, mainly, open-hearted". She very much wants to believe in Frank to believe as she says: " He would give her life, perhaps, love too". This shows that she does not love Frank and is hoping to maybe love when they have gone away together. However, she is again riddled with self-doubt. She questions the validity of her decision to leave. Although as she says: "She consented to go away, to leave her home". She asks herself thinks like " was that wise" again doubting herself". She hesitates at the thought of living in a distant unknown country. It seems as if fear is Eveline's companion. A companion that contributes greatly to her lack of self-confidence. It is her fear, which gives way to dream of seeing the beautiful things the world has to offer. Therefore, Eveline's indecision to leave with Frank leads to a paralysis that dooms her to a fate she sought to avoid. ...read more.

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