Compare and contrast Joyce's 'Araby' and 'Eveline'. Comment on the writer's effectiveness.

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Joyce's 'Eveline' is a story about a young woman who was unhappy with her life so decides to run off with a man whom she fell in love with. The plot of the story is a quest-like search for the love she doesn't feel with her father. The writer spreads this throughout the story, showing the depth of Eveline's character and her problems that come mainly from her father and all that arise from their relationship. The best moment in 'Eveline' only comes after the long flashbacks into Eveline's life end, where the time finally comes for her to leave her past life behind and join Frank in Buenos Ayres. Eveline is torn between her desire to leave, and the thought of her future husband. The conflict between Eveline's decision to leave and her desires to stay shows only at the end when she is frozen with paralysis and the story ends on this, "She set her white face to him, passive, like a helpless animal.

Her eyes gave him no sign of love or farewell or recognition."

'Araby' is a story about a boy whose life revolves around Mangans sister. To develop the plot of the story, Joyce uses some of the boy's background information, the setting, and why the boy is in love with the girl to help the story unfold. Things start to become difficult at the point where the boy finally talks to Mangan's sister. She asks him whether or not he was going to the bazaar and at the end of that conversation he answers by telling her that if he's going to the bazaar he'll bring he something. For the best moment of the story, the boy finally goes to the bazaar, but instead of...