A bookreport of the story "Eveline" by James Joyce.

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In the short story "Eveline" by James Joyce, the character undergoes many conflicts and decisions that affect her lifestyle. The general theme of the story is one of a major conflict between family and the pursuit of romance. The character Eveline is forced to decide between staying in her current situation and maintaining her sense of direction in her daily life or leaving her current life only on the promise of her lover to take care of her and give her a sense of well - being.

Eveline is a character that has an insufficient ability to properly weigh choices, a disadvantage that renders a persons judgement useless. "She had consented to go away, to leave her home. Was that wise?" (Eveline, 5) She considered the fact that in her current life she was guaranteed food and shelter, yet was expected to maintain a household.

She also analyzed the offer to abandon her current lifestyle and her current devotion to work and go with her love to be free yet satisfied. Eveline's father expected her to maintain and deal with the upkeep of the house. It was also her duty to ensure that the two children of the household were dispatched to school on time and that they were physically sustained. Her lover also had his impact as he would be on the mind of Eveline most through the duration of her decision.

Joyce, in writing this type of short story does achieve a success in the sense that she showed how a relationship romantically could heavily impact a relationship among family. The way the character Eveline is portrayed shows how Joyce had an ability to give the reader a way to relate to the written idea and theme of the story. Joyce gives...