English Coursework: Post 1900 Prose
‘Eveline’ by James Joyce
Discus: The dilemma Eveline faced in the story
Why, at the end of the story, she did not leaver with Frank
Whether she made the right decision
Eveline is a nineteen-year-old girl living in Ireland with her father and two younger children. Her mother and one of her older brothers have died and she has another older brother who works away from home. Eveline works in a store but also does all the housework and looks after the children. One day she met a young sailor called Frank and later became attracted to him. Her father finds out about this and forbids her to see Frank but Eveline and Frank planned to leave for Buenos Aires, where Frank lived, and run away together. At the end of the st
ory, Eveline decides not to leave with Frank"We know that Eveline really likes Frank and that Frank really likes Eveline but the word love is never mentioned in the story. " Frank is also described as, "very kind, manly, open-hearted. "Eveline"tms relationship with her father is very different from hers with Frank. Her father is very mean with his money and Eveline usually has to squabble with her father to get weekly provisions. She remembered when, "Her father used often to hunt them out of the field with his blackthorn stick," and when, "they had all gone for picnic," and her father put on, "her mother"tms bonnet to make the children laugh. I think Eveline preferred it when her mother was alive because if something was wrong she could talk to her mother about it but I don"tmt think she can do this with her father, "her father was not so bad then; and besides, her mother was alive. " Eveline was attracted to Frank when she first met him by, "his face of bronze," and how, " his hair tumbled forward. Frank is very cultured and like music a lot and this is very different from Eveline"tms father as Frank would have had to of been quite wealthy to have taken Eveline out to the theatre in ,"an unaccustomed part of the theatre," meaning that Frank had paid for expensive seats, Eveline felt, "elated. "Saturday nights had begun to weary her unspeakably," as her father got drunk and Eveline would get, "palpitations," as, "she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father"tms violence. " When Eveline is thinking whether she wants to leave home or not, she thinks of the good and bad times she spent with her father. " When Frank asks Eveline to go to Buenos Aires with him she is excited because Frank tells her, "tales of distant countries," and about, "the Straits of Magellan and he told her stories of the terrible Patagonians. " She remembered when she was ill once and, "he had read her out a ghost story and made toast for her," but I only think that he did it because she was ill and he needed the housework to be done so he tried to make her healthier faster.