Passivity In Eveline

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In the story “Eveline”, written by James Joyce in 1995, describes the monotonous and conflictive life of a young lady. The story shows how her environment affects her life's purpose, and how in response to her dissatisfaction with life she erroneously believes Frank is her savior, but at the end her problem is the passivity which feeds her fear to change.

In Eveline's life there is a lack of purpose. When the author describes Eveline's life he says, “she was tired” (James Joyce), suggesting that there is no motivation for her, for she has a monotonous life. Also, Eveline is a young lady who assumes to “keep the house together” (Joyce). As a consequence, she does not have a goal in her life, but the necessity of keeping her promise to her mother: “She acts as wife and mother in her father's house”(Marilyn French 452), and this leads her to the acceptance
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However, people forget to pay attention to what they really want, what they want to change in themselves, instead of just use others as an excuse to have an unsatisfactory life. At the end the problem was not only Eveline’s environment, but the way she got used to it as a comfort zone.

“Her courage fails her in the confrontation of the unknown, and instead of taking the choice actively herself, she disclaims the responsibility and authority of her own life” (161)

At the beginning the author describes Evelin as a lonely girl with a conflict environment what lead her to a lack of purpose in life. After, she find the opportunity of change with Frank, and he is shown in the story as the savior of her life, but at the she doesn't leave her home because she was afraid of changes and of taking for the first time a choice in her life, as she always does what others expect her to do. To sum up, the story of Eveline shows how people can adapt to their environment in a way that they do not want to move on or to look for a

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