Derevaun Seraun Essay

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“Escape! She must escape!” but why she did not (Meyer 515). James Joyce title character in “Eveline” had all the reason in the world to escape her odd life and explore a new life. She fears making the change in her life by moving to Buenos Aires with her boyfriend Frank. Eveline becomes the main provider for her dysfunctional family after her mother’s death and has to make the biggest decision of her life, to stay or runaway. The guilt that Eveline will feel forced her to stay in her trap awful life. James illustrates in the short story “Eveline”, that his character didn’t leave her gloomy life because of two reasons, Eveline promised her mother to care for the family and she doesn’t know ...view middle of the document...

They are unable to vote or hold positions of power. The women only expectation is to take care of the children and the house. Joyce illustrates the oppression of women during the twentieth century in Dublin through Eveline's relationship with her family, her lover, and the duties she has as a young woman. Joyce stated his goal “was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country” (Meyer 512). Joyce’s calls “Eveline” a “story of adolescence” because it shows the entry into adulthood (Dettmar 6). Eveline is only a little over nineteen and she has to deal with all the struggles in her century alone. She is the care giver of the household, her father and younger siblings while working for the little cash she gets. Despite all these she “did not find it a wholly undesirable life” (Dettmar 6, Meyer 514). Eveline and her mother are trapped in domesticity. After the death of her mother due to heath problem, Eveline has to double her work load. During her mother’s death, Eveline remember fears the “life of commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness” of her mother (Meyers 514). She never wanted to live her life like her mother. Eveline also grew with an abusive father. Mr. Hill treated her different then her brothers because she is a female. He also threats her and take her money. Eveline still remember the times her father when he could be nice while her mother was alive. After her mother’s and brother’s death she does not have anyone to protect her now. Her only escape is to leave the country with Frank, her lover. She plans a getaway to Buenos Aires, where Frank say he has a house. “Then she would be married − she, Eveline. People would treat her with respect then;” She believes when she gets marry with him she assume everybody else with think highly of her (Meyer 513). Eveline attempts to leave everything behind. Once she see the ship and Frank telling her to come she realize she could not leave. Frank did everything in his will to persuade her to come on board.
Why did Eveline stay and didn’t escape to Buenos Aires. The first reason she stay is because of the promise she made to her mother. During her mother’s death, she promise her mother that she will “keep the house together as...

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