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Eveline - Character Analysis There is no more miserable human being than onein whom nothing is habitual but indecision James Originally appearingin Dubliners a compilation of vignettes by James Joyce his short storyEveline is the tale of such an unfortunate individual Anxious timid scaredperhaps even terrified -- all these describe Eveline She is a frightenedindecisive young woman poised between her past and her future Eveline loves her father but is fearful of him She triesto hold onto good memories of her father thinking sometimes he couldbe very nice Joyce 5 but has seen what her father has done to hersiblings when he would hunt them in out of the field with his blackthornstick Joyce 4 As of late she has begun to feel herself indanger of her fathers violence Joyce 4 Ironically her fatherhas begun to threaten her and say what hed do to her only forher dead mothers sake Joyce 5 Eveline wants a new life but is afraid to let go of herpast She dreams of a place where people would treat her with respectJoyce 4 and when contemplating her future hopes to explorea new life with Frank Joyce 5 When in a moment of terror she realizesthat she must escape Joyce 6 it seems to steel her determinationto make a new home for herself elsewhere On the other hand she is comfortablewith the familiar objects from which she had never dreamed of beingdivided Joyce 4 She rationalizes that In her home anywayshe had shelter and food she had those whom she had known all her life abouther Joyce 4 As she reflects on her past she discovers nowthat she was about to leave it she did not find it a wholly undesirable lifeJoyce 5 Eveline wants to keep the deathbed pledge made to hermother but is alarmed at the prospect of sharing her mothers fateHer mother was ill-treated in life and Eveline vows that she wouldnot be treated as her mother
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