By a close reading of relevant stories from Dubliners, “Eveline”, “The Boarding House” and “A Painful Case”, I am going to analyse how James Joyce portrays women characters. These stories are set in the early twentieth century in Dublin. Alcoholism is a major feature of the society and Joyce illustrated this in many of the stories. There are different social classes represented in the stories showing a realistic insight into Ireland in the early twentieth century.
In the story “Eveline”, we read about the conflict of Eveline’s life with her abusive father, “...she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence.” (Joyce, 1993:24), her relationship with Frank who she is hoping to emigrate with, and honouring a promise to her dead mother “...to keep the home together as long as she could.” (Joyce, 1993:25). Eveline is... [continues]
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