Evelyn Essay

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Evelyn

In the short story "Eveline " by James Joyce, Eveline, the protagonist is given the
opportunity to escape from her hard unendurable life at home and live a life of true
happiness at Buenos Ayres with Frank, her lover. 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. In the end, she
does not leave with Frank, Eveline's indecisiveness and the burden of her family's duties
makes her stay.

By not taking that opportunity, Eveline probably missed a life of exploration with Frank.
Eveline would have had the chance to know what independence feels like and she would have
had the chance to experience individual freedom. Instead, her life afterwards is a life of
regret and imprisonment with her family. Being an only child, she is bound by her family's
actions and their duties. Eveline has taken on an incredible part of the burden in keeping
the family together. Her father is an overbearing and unfair man who takes his daughters
earnings for himself; and rather than appreciating her sacrifices, he ridicules her. As
she now lives with her dad and her two brothers, she feels tired and frustrated with her
dad's commands and her everyday life. Everyday, she sadly waits for frank to come back
into her life once again and fill her life with happiness. Eveline may possibily in the
future live her freedom when her controlling father passes away, but perhaps it will
become too late for her to experience the freedom she wanted.

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