In the short story, 'Eveline, James Joyce introduces us to the
life of a young woman named Eveline. In fact doesn’t like her life without a sense and freedom but one day she has the opportunity to escape with Frank, the man she thinks she loves, to a faraway country in search of a new life. Instead, she decides to stay in the dreary and gloomy life she already knows. To understandEveline's final decision to stay we have to
analyze the reasons and the motivations who push Eveline to have a better life. Next we will see her fear of the unknown; the fact that she does not know Frank well enough and her paralysis by fear, finally we will see the many attachments that she has to her home and her commitment back her mother, prompt Eveline to make her decision.
I Evelinewants a better life
The life of Eveline is a routine and she is frustrated. Routine affects Eveline who face difficults situations. The most consequences of following mundane routines are unrequited love. Eveline, in the story that shares her name, gives up her chance at love by choosing her familiar life over an unknown adventure, even though her familiar routines are tinged with sadness andabuse. In fact Eveline wants to life and she doesn’t want to have the same future of her mother: the death. In fact throughout the story, Eveline is faced with a few good memories of her past from her childhood and her mother, but she also faces the horrible flashbacks of her mother’s illness and her father’s violence. Moreover she has a bad life and was given the chance to leave with someone whowas seemingly the man of her dreams. He was nice to her, took her places, and treated her like a queen. He was a true gentleman; she was never treated so nicely ever before. Her upbringing was from a strict Roman Catholic Irish family whose mother had passed away in her childhood. She wants escape and adventure in other countries. Eveline's hopes for a new life in Argentina dissolve on the docks ofthe city's river. Eveline seeks freedom from domestic duties through marriage. The impulse to escape from unhappy situations define Joyce's Dubliners, as does the inability to actually undertake the process.
Everyday, she sadly waits for frank to come back into her life once again and fill her life with happiness. Eveline may possibly in the future live her freedom when her controlling fatherpasses away, but perhaps it will become too late for her to experience the freedom she wanted.
The setting greatly influences Eveline in many different ways. The setting entraps Eveline.
The setting of the entire story is very plain. Nothing in Eveline's life ever seems to change. Most of the story takes place with Eveline sitting by the window in a very dull room. The room is filled with "theodor of dusty cretonne" from the curtains, and has a "yellowing photograph hung on the wall above the broken harmonium” One would certainly not group these characteristics as exciting.
Eveline feels that she must adhere to tradition and be obedient by her mother's life. Eveline even says, "It was hard work-a hard life-but now that she was about to leave she did not find it a wholly undesirablelife." Eveline does want to get away from this setting, but she simply does not know any other way. Eveline tries to trick herself in to thinking that life isn't that bad. However, in reality she simply seems to greatly fear change because she doesn't know change
Eveline enjoys sitting at the window and sniffing dust. She finds solace in the activity. "She sat at the window watching theevening invade the avenue. Her head was leaned against the window curtains and in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne. She was tired». The short story begins with this scene. It is a dreary, dust-filled scene. How many people normally sit at the window and sniff dusty curtains? The dust is a comfort for her as is the window she sits at.
"Her time was running out but she continued to sit by...