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Stuck in a world of work hardship and disability James Joyces character Eveline in the story by the same name is forced to make a decision She has to choose between an escape which could be love and a promise to her family Setting character and symbolism have direct impacts upon Evelines life and her choices that she must make within it The setting of Eveline is a major contributor to the story Eveline lives in a dull brown house 177 with an odor of dusty cretonne 177 along the curtains Theres no wonder why she would sit at the window and look out into the field where they used to play where they are now building bright brick houses with shining roofs 177 As Eveline gazes out her mind goes to a place where she is no longer barred by her family She then goes and looks upon a boat the boat that will save her and take her away from this life and into a new one The characters in this story are also very important Evelines father is a hateful drunk He is overbearing and pushing her away by the way he acts Although at times he can show that he cares it is never quite enough to keep poor Evelines heart at home When Eveline met Frank he was a very kind manly and open-hearted 178 He was always full of music which was an incentive for Eveline to be with him Eveline viewed Frank as an escape to get away from her unhappy life Since Eveline has always been over-powered and manipulated by her father she knows nothing of the world and she sees this as her way out As music is very powerful in todays world it was also powerful then It symbolizes many things about people and our lives From the story it says that there was a broken harmonium and there was no music in their lives
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