An Analysis Of James Joyce 's ' Eveline ' Essay

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James Joyce’s short story, “Eveline”, is about a woman who is faced with a difficult decision. To leave her mundane life behind and travel to Buenos Ayres with her mysterious boyfriend, or stay to fulfil the obligation of looking after her family. Throughout the story, Eveline reflects on her experiences from her past to make the final decision. In the end, Eveline’s trust issues caused her to be too fearful of the unknown, resulting in her final decision to stay. Eveline grew up in an abusive home her whole life. The abuse mostly stemmed from her angry father who took out his pain on her. For example, “She sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence,” (Joyce, 3). He “begun to threaten her and say what he would do to her only for her dead mother’s sake,” (Joyce, 3). If someone lived in constant fear of their own family member, they would no longer trust anyone. She did not want to “be treated as her mother had been,” (Joyce, 3). Eveline couldn’t trust her own father, the only man in her life for some time, to love and treat her right. He is the one who “had given her the palpitations,” (Joyce, 3). Eveline was fearful of her life when she was around him. Therefore, we can see that the abuse Eveline endured caused her to be fearful and untrusting of others. Eveline’s life has been a wholly miserable one. Her father abused her, and the rest of her family, who was supposed to stand by her, left her alone with him. Her mother died when she was young, leaving…

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