Eveline Essay

1658 Words Dec 21st, 2012 7 Pages
In “Eveline,” James Joyce uses the juxtaposition of the ever-changing setting and the unchanging stoic character of Eveline in order to exemplify the character’s reluctance and inability to move forward. James Joyce is known for his juxtaposition of light and dark throughout his short stories, specifically in his story “Araby.” I would argue that Joyce is using the contrast of opposing forces described above between the setting and the character in a similar way as he was light and dark. “Araby” and “Eveline” were both written in the year 1914 and “Eveline” precedes “Araby” in the larger work. They are both part of Joyce’s larger work Dubliners which is a work of fifteen short stories. This compilation of stories all share the …show more content…
As a solid example of each she is associate with darkness in the scene where the main character is describing his morning ritual: “Every morning I lay on the floor in the front parlour watching her door. The blind was pulled down to within an inch of the sash so that I could not be seen.” (Booth 548). She is then associated with light when the character talks to her for the first time, “The light from the lamp opposite our door caught the white curve of her neck, lit up her hair that rested there and falling, lit up the hand upon the railing.” (Booth 449) In “Eveline” it is the not light and dark, but something else that reveals her character. In his summary of the story Fragnoli says, “Eveline Hill, a young woman whose life is circumscribed by her job as a store clerk and her responsibilities as housekeeper and surrogate mother for her siblings…The life that Frank promises her is completely unlike anything she has ever known, but her timidity causes her to agonize over her choice to leave and renounce the promise she made to her mother … The paralysis of death reaches beyond her mother’s grave.” (Fragnoli 69).
Through this summary a reader is made aware that Eveline’s character is timid and that she agonizes over her choice to leave and elope with Frank or stay in the life she has always known, but it is more than her

Related Documents