Summary Of ' Eveline ' By James Joyce

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Motivation and Paralysis in “Eveline”
Through symbolism, history, and allusion, James Joyce depicts a struggle between paralysis and motivation in the short story, “Eveline.” The story shifts between the happenings of present day and past recollections. Early on, the protagonist, Eveline makes the decision to leave home in order to make a better life for herself. She wants to flee from her abusive, alcoholic father. Eveline determines that it is time to make her own choices. When it comes time to leave, Eveline is mentally unable to leave and face the unknown. Her feet remain paralysed on the dock in front of the boat headed for Bueno Aieres. The readers know that the options she has is to leave home or remain trapped in the miserable life she currently resides in. Maybe she does not leave with Frank because she is afraid of how he will treat her. There is the possibility that she is just too attached to her home, or that she is influenced by the mental and physical abuse she has endured. Whatever the cause may be, paralysis is indeed present, along with motivation, in “Eveline.”
As well as having reasons as why not to leave home, Eveline has motives pushing her to change her life. Based on information given at the beginning of the story, it can be assumed that Eveline’s father was abusive. “Even now, though she was over nineteen, she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence.(4). Eveline’s father started taking his drinking aggression out on…
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