Eveline

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In “Eveline,” James Joyce uses the juxtaposition of the ever-changing setting and the unchanging stoic character of Eveline in order to exemplify the character’s reluctance and inability to move forward. James Joyce is known for his juxtaposition of light and dark throughout his short stories, specifically in his story “Araby.” I would argue that Joyce is using the contrast of opposing forces described above between the setting and the character in a similar way as he was light and dark. “Araby” and “Eveline” were both written in the year 1914 and “Eveline” precedes “Araby” in the larger work. They are both part of Joyce’s larger work Dubliners which is a work of fifteen short stories. This compilation of stories all share the…show more content…
The story begins with Eveline “watching evening invade the avenue.” (Booth 552). From her window Eveline sits as day turns to night. We even read that “in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne.” (Booth 552) In the first two sentences of this story the setting around Eveline is changing while she remains sitting with her head against the window, it doesn’t even say she smelt the cretonne just that the smell was in her nose. Air is flowing, but Eveline doesn’t even notice. We learn a little about her family history and how that has also changed with time. We learn that she has two brothers; one of them is dead and the other is not at home anymore. We also learn that her mother is dead, and her father is a violent man (Voogd 48.). Eveline still poised by the window in her room remembers how the scenery she is watching has changed over time. The new red house across the street used to be a field in which she and the neighbor kids would go to play. She recalls being happy and then it seems she makes the statement, “Everything changes.” At this time we learn that Eveline has plans to leave just like the others, and for the first time in the story Eveline moves. In Eveline’s first movement of the story we watch as she looks across the room “reviewing all its familiar objects...” the reader is then

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