Essay about A Character Analysis of James Joyce's The Dubliners
His alluring promises make Eveline contemplate her past, present, and future. On one hand she is ready for change, she wants to be recognized in society; she believes by getting married to Frank she will become someone. Eveline is dreaming that in the new country everything will be different, “People would treat her with respect…” (Joyce 28). On the other hand though, she is struggling with her decision to leave. Since she gave her dying mother her word “to keep the home together as long as she could”, she feels responsible for her younger siblings and is trapped between her wants and her duty (Joyce 30). While looking out of her room’s window, Eveline wonders if her future, far-from-familiar home will be really happy and if it is worth leaving her loved ones. She wants to escape from the provincial life in Ireland and experience the bigger world, but simultaneously, she is afraid of what people would “…say of her in the stores when they [find] out that she ran away with a fellow?”( Joyce 28) She is also uncertain about how her family will survive without her.
Eveline has to weigh the pros and cons of both her