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James Joyces Eveline tells the story of a teenage girl who has had a bad life and is given the chance to leave with someone who is seemingly the man of her dreams He is nice to her takes her places and treats her like a queen This was something she never got to experience during her childhood Everything seemed to be going well until the very end of the story In the end Eveline decided not to leave It was a last minute decision on Evelines part There was not really one particular reason for her staying behind Several factors influenced her decision Her childhood was not a good one by any means Her father was an alcoholic and treated both Eveline and her mother with disrespect and cruelty However he did care for her when she was sick and was not totally unloving She probably would have been a big help even if she wasnt forced to do so but due to her fathers sickness and inability to work and take care of the family Eveline was forced to She worked at a store and took care of the brothers while her father drank away her earnings One of her reasons for not leaving was probably guilt She would feel terrible if she left her family in such a state Her remaining family would probably have survived but it would probably get even worse than it already was since there would be no woman around the house They could survive physically but there would be no telling how the son would be raised He would probably end up raising himself much like Eveline had to do for the most part of her life Her father would be unable to care for himself much less anyone else in the house Another reason for her staying was probably the fear of what lay ahead of her Buenos Ayres might not end up being like
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