A Rose For Emily And Eveline Analysis

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A women’s role in society and family has extremely changed throughout the years. “A Rose for Emily” and “Eveline” was two short stories that showed two characters playing roles that showed negative impacts. Rose and Eveline had similar but different lives, they both had very strict fathers, but they could never neglect their families. Emily’s father was very well known in her community, she was the only child and grew up in a beautiful home. Eveline lived in a small apartment with her father and her siblings, her father was known as the alcoholic. Both women were raised as the women of he household and were expected to play the role very well. This essay will explore how the main characters from “A Rose for Emily” and “Eveline” had to choose …show more content…
Emily’s mother passed away when she was a young girl, leaving Emily to be the woman 's figure in her fathers’ household. Her father was a rich upper class man who helped out the town of Jefferson, which got Emily out of a lot of trouble. Emily redeemed herself when she married Homer Barron, where she was performing the role as a wife. Although, the women in her town did not approve, they thought it was disgraceful and not how a woman should act. Her father never wanted her to form a relationship with a male because he wanted her to replace her mother and become his housekeeper. After the passing of her father, Emily had a hard time letting go “and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead.” (Faulkner, 1931, 84). It seemed after his death, all of Emily’s lovers abandoned her. Emily was a grown woman but could not handle relationships like other normal women would have. Her emotions and feelings took a turn and was misinterpreted, that she ended up killing the man she loved, so he would not leave her like her other man …show more content…
She lived in a apartment with her siblings and her abusive father where “she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence.” (Joyce, 1914, 408). Eveline worked every day to support her father who was an alcoholic and to also put food on the table. Eveline had the opportunity to leave and start her own life, but she could never leave her family. She was similar to Emily and could not accept the change. Although, Eveline was different than Emily when it came to men. Eveline had a lover that would take her to dinner and to plays. She truly loved him but her focus was her family. Eveline wanted to “explore another life with Frank.” (Joyce, 1914, 408). Frank treated her like gold; he made sure she was happy. “She was to go away with him by the night-boat to his wife and to live with him in Buenos Aires where he had a home waiting for her.” (Joyce, 1913, 409). Eveline waits to dock the ship when all of a sudden she feels an overwhelming feeling and prays to god that he gives her a direction. “The boat blew a long mournful whistle into the mist.” (Joyce, 1914, 409). Eveline was frozen and could not give the courage to go, all she can remember is when her mother was ill “she promised to keep the home together as long as she could.” (Joyce, 1914, 409). Frank yells, “Come!” (Joyce, 1914, 409). Eveline could not do it, as she yells, “No No! No!” (Joyce, 1914, 410). Eveline could not leave her father and

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