Eveline

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Eveline

Joyce set up the collection to move from stories about childhood onto stories about adolescence and finally stories about mature life and public life, all within the confines of Ireland's big city. The text under interpretation is a bright example of a short story Joyce's "Eveline" was the advent between adolescence and maturity. The story's protagonist and title character, Eveline, is largely affected by the feminist issues of the time period. These feminist ideas are illustrated through Eveline's relationships with her family and boyfriend, as well the societal expectations, and her duties and obligations. Eveline is much like many young women in early twentieth century Ireland. With her mother having passed, she is expected to take care of her childhood home. Joyce writes that Eveline struggled to keep "her promise to keep the home together as long as she could," a promise she made to her mother while on her deathbed.

Speaking in terms of textual pragmatics Eveline's story is the shortest and the plot is pretty simple. The main point of this story in “Dubliners” by James Joyce rather seems to illustrate, through a short series of images and sensory details, the life of a common Dubliner. "She had hard work to keep the house together and to see that the two young children who had been left to her charge went to school regularly and got their meals regularly," Joyce writes. "It was hard work-a hard life." It is never clear whom Eveline is taking care of, but it is clearly illustrated that she is unhappy in her assumed position of a housewife without a husband.

Speaking In terms of functional stylistic the tone of the story, which mimics her voice, is sort of exaggerated and impulsive. It's also overly sentimental when it comes to things like pictures of old friends of the family on the wall. Would a wiser or more emotionally mature person actually worry so much about his or her "familiar objects" if it came down to leaving? Maybe not....
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