A Guided Epiphany By Mary Joyce

997 WordsSep 28, 20164 Pages
A Guided Epiphany In “Eveline” the main character, Eveline, lives a terrible life with a stern father, a miserable job, and a dreary home. When she is given the opportunity to leave her awful life and start a new life with her partner Frank, she rejects the offer and stays in Ireland. Immediately this presents the reader with an apparent paradox. Why did Eveline stay? Wasn’t her life terrible? It is not until the reader digs a little deeper into “Eveline” does the paradox solve itself. Joyce uses various literary techniques to justify why Eveline did not leave with Frank. In order to solve the paradox of Eveline, Joyce uses sentence structure to show the importance of various characters to Eveline. The father in Eveline is given a lengthy amount of the story and longer sentences. Sentences such as “He said she used to squander the money, … he was usually fairly bad on Saturday night.” (Joyce 65-68), and “When they were growing up he had never gone for her … for her dead mother 's sake.” (55-58) contain forty words and forty eight words respectfully. Frank at the beginning is given slightly longer sentences at his first introduction. The third sentence in Frank’s introduction, “She was to go away with him by the night-boat to be his wife and to live with him in Buenos Ayres where he had a home waiting for her.” (80-82), is thirty words long. As the story progresses Frank’s sentences becoming increasingly shorter and shorter. After Eveline remembers her father caring for
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