Eveline and Araby Short stories
In the two short stories Eveline and Araby, a common situation is presented; they are interested in one person. While being interested in this person, the two are in between the two realms of fantasy and reality. They have feelings that cannot be understood, but they have no one to support them and help them. Towards the end of the story, the decision is made to determine which route should be taken.
In the story Eveline, the young lady was positioned in the middle of two lives that she had to choose from. Although she needed guidance there was no one she could talk to because she was alone. It can be inferred from the story that Eveline did not enjoy her life. She was bored and thought her life was miserable. Her role basically consisted of the traditional woman’s place which includes taking care of all household chores: cooking, cleaning, and staring out the window thinking about her past when her mother was alive. Her father was abusive and did not treat her with respect. It was almost as if he visualized her to be nothing. He threatened her with spiteful words. For example, the passage states “what he would do to her only for her dead mother’s sake.” This quote shows Evenline’s position and the intense situation that she was forced to deal with. She had no one to protect her. Although she planned to leave home she wasn’t sure if it was wise because she was sheltered where she was. She of course did not want to leave her comfort zone. Eveline never went hungry and always had a place to sleep. She was very accustomed to her life. Circumstances began to change when she met a man named Frank. He was very kind and genuine to her. He told her stories and spent a majority of his time with her. One can gather that the two really enjoyed each other’s company. While they were falling for each other, they had to hide such actions from Eveline’s father. The happy couple had no problem with this because they were just happy to be in...
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