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Notion of Paralysis of “Eveline”

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Notion of Paralysis of “Eveline”
Women’s character has changed tremendously in history, from being under men to being equal to them. Women have demonstrated the courage to face any problem in life. In James Joyce’s short story, “Eveline” the main character describes of how her life used to be and what it has become. Throughout the story, there have been many incidents which describe Eveline’s notion of paralysis. Paralysis is introduced after her mother passes away, followed by her father becoming abusive, and her decision to run away with Frank challenges her.
In the beginning of the story, Eveline has flashbacks from her childhood, “The children of the avenue used to play together in that field --the Devines, the Waters, the Dunns, little Keogh the cripple, she and her brothers and sisters” (Joyce).   Eveline mentions “used to” a lot in the paragraph. She misses the happy and fun times when her family was complete. As time passes by, her mother passes away and Eveline takes over the responsibilities, “She had hard work to keep the house together and to see that the two young children who had been left to hr charge went to school regularly and got their meals regularly” (Joyce). Even though Eveline gave up everything from her side for the family, her brother and father would take all of her money. She feels paralyzed after putting in all the hard work, because she is not getting any credit. Instead her brother and father feel that she is useless, and they become greedy.
In Eveline’s time women would marry in early ages and would have to take care of the family, so this situation is of no surprise. During those times, men did not have any respect for women, and treated them like slaves.   Eveline faces hard times and is a victim of her father’s violence, both mentally and physically, “Even now, though she was over nineteen, she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father's violence” (Joyce).   Now, Eveline finally has a chance to run away from all this...

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