Gender Roles In Dubliner's Eveline, And Clay

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Dubliner was portraying gender roles in Eveline, and Clay. Each were a women and had to take care of someone and never thought of doing something for themselves. Dubliner had used both these stories to show and relate to other women, how women were being treated in Ireland. Dubliner is known for his famous English short stories that he has written. His short stories in the book do not represent the touristy things that people might want to read, but it shows how people were being treated in the era, and how Dublin is representing women. Women are forced to be caretakers even if they are married or not. “While marriage represents a prison of economic responsibilities to the men in Dubliners, women are even worse off.” At times, Women can never …show more content…
Society had built women to be this person that just takes care of others instead of herself. Kelly has data that shows how people’s opinions had changed toward women in Ireland and the effects of both men and women. Men had to support a family, and women stayed at home. At the time made sense but made life unpleasant for the both of them. As well as, she shows how men were not ready to settle down until they got older, and the reason why some women got married at such a younger age, or didn’t get married at all because of this cycle that happens. Another scholar that analyzed Eveline was Stephen Daedalus. He mentions that Eveline is always tired, and thinking of what her life could be like if she was not a home anymore. She contipliated if leaving home was the correct decision. Questions for example, would she have food and a roof her head? If she decides to leave. Eveline knew time was running out, and she was not getting much younger if she just stayed …show more content…
Her mother had passed away, and now she had to play the mother figure and take care of her father and siblings. She had found true love, and thought about running away with him, and life being a bit easier, but she remembered the promise she made to her mother. Eveline decided to stay and regroup with her family instead. “ He rushed beyond the barrier and called to her to follow. He was shouted at to go on but he still called to her. She set her white face to him, passive like a helpless animal. Her eyes gave her no sign of love or farewell or recognition.” It clearly shows that she did not leave with Frank. There is no evidence to see what has happened after, but Dubliner had ended it with each of them going their separate ways. Which is a good thing because even if she would have gotten married with him, she would have still had to take care of her husband Frank. Eveline would have been far from her family. Eveline had this idea that Frank would be the one to help her live her life, when really marriages were not the best during those centuries. “Frank would save her. He would give her life, perhaps love too.” pg 31 She was not even sure of his love is she said he would perhaps love her too. Evelin was so hesitant to leave her family and go, she was uncertain of the drastic change that was going to happen in her

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