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In the short story Eveline, written by James Joyce shows that there is no easy way to get out of a bad situation. The story deals with a young girl who falls in love but feels obligated to stay by her father's side. The excerpt at the end where Eveline decides not to go with her lover, Frank explains how many of us give up the person we want most to do what needs to be done.

He rushed beyond the barrier and called to her to follow. He was shouted at to go on but he still called to her. She set her white face to him, passive, like a helpless animal. Her eyes gave him no sign of love or farewell or recognition. At the very end of the story Eveline is standing on the dock as her lover and the ship does on without her because she feels that she has to stay and take care of her father.

The reality in this story is that Eveline is really torn between two people and places. One place is her home, which is not the best of circumstances because she works at a store that she does not like and she lives to take care of her father. Her father is an old man who cannot take care of himself to much any more, he is mean to her in the sense that she has to pay the bills and when she asks him for his money he always makes comments at her that make her feel like she should not belong. The other place is in her heart, and with her lover, Frank. Frank wants to marry Eveline and take her to Buenos Ayres and marry her. She likes the excitement that Frank gave her and...