Setting Of Eveline In James Joyce's Dubliners

519 words - 3 pages

Setting of "Eveline"


The setting of the short story "Eveline" by James Joyce goes far beyond the physical characteristics. The setting goes past being located in Dublin, Ireland in an old room. The setting greatly influences Eveline in many different ways. The setting entraps Eveline in this short story.

The setting of the entire story is very plain. Nothing in Eveline's life ever seems to change. Most of the story takes place with Eveline sitting by the window in a very dull room. The room is filled with "the odor of dusty cretonne" from the curtains, and has a "yellowing photograph hung on the wall above the broken ...view middle of the document...

Eveline is forced to remain in this setting because of the promise that she made to her mother. Eveline had a chance to escape all this, but she doesn't take it because she is very conservative, and doesn't know any other way. Eveline's promise to her mother seems to cripple her in this setting. She can't move; she can't get out of it!

Eveline feels that she must adhere to tradition and be obedient by living her mother's life. Eveline even says, "It was hard work-a hard life-but now that she was about to leave she did not find it a wholly undesirable life."(513) Eveline does want to get away from this setting, but she simply does not know any other way. Eveline tries to trick herself in to thinking that life isn't that bad. However, in reality she simply seems to greatly fear change because she doesn't know change.

Dublin has become a part of Eveline. The setting is the only thing that gives Eveline a sense of security. She is too afraid to leave this setting; she is trapped. In Ireland, "she had those whom she had known all her life about her (512)." Most of her peers have moved on to a new life now, but Eveline is forced to remain in the life of which she is accustomed to. She is trapped in the familiarity of her setting. The setting of the story greatly aids in the development of Eveline's character. Without the setting to portray her dull and plain life one would not be able to fully understand Eveline. Consequently, due to Eveline being trapped in the setting of the short story one is fully able to comprehend many things about her attitude and actions.

Other Essays Like Setting of Eveline in James Joyce's Dubliners

How Does Stevenson's Use of Setting Develop Tension in the the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

1113 words - 5 pages countries to the center of London with two very different minds battling over the same body. Dr. Jekyll, the original owner of the body, is kind, well- liked and respected while Hyde, Jekyll darker half, is hideously deformed, murderous and cruel. These polar opposite personalities reflect the setting in the novel, Hyde represents the lower class, the dark grimy alleyways and the secrets held behind locked doors, whereas Jekyll symbolizes the

Comparison of james jarvis to Stephen kumalo in the novel Cry, The Beloved Country

637 words - 3 pages black man who was robbing his house. Thisboy tuned out to be the son of Stephen Kumalo who is a priest that lives in Ndotsheni.Before his son dies James Jarvis owned a farm above Ndotsheni in the great valley ofUmzimkulu called Esquire. He had African Laborers working on his farm. Jarvis never agreedwith his son's beliefs. He always talked about how his son "betrayed" him by going off toJohannesburg to fight for the native Africans. Jarvis was

Comparing Equality In Henry James' The Turn Of The Screw And Edith Wharton's The Lady's Maid's Bell

1831 words - 8 pages The Theme of Equality in Henry James' The Turn of the Screw and Edith Wharton's The Lady's Maid's Bell Henry James' The Turn of the Screw and Edith Wharton's "The Lady's Maid's Bell" share a common theme: all people are equal. Both authors generate this theme by bridging class barriers with a generous master and mistress who have revolutionary ideas. Although circumstances differ in both stories, the common theme remains easily

Explain What Constitutes the Physical and Psychological Needs of a Three Year Old Child. Explain How These Needs Can Ideally Be Met in a Childcare Setting

2356 words - 10 pages psychological needs of a three year old including attachment, self esteem, self worth and friendship. Lastly the essay will look at how the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS), 2012 can be implemented in order to maintain the health and safety of a setting. The basic physical needs of a human are defined by as; nutritious food to eat, shelter from the environment, clean air to breath, and clean water to drink (MCI undated c pp2

Critical Book Review Of "In The Beginning: The Story Of The King James Bible And How It Changed A Nation, A Language And A Culture" By Alister McGrath

1355 words - 6 pages Almost four hundred years since its initial publication in 1611, the King James Bible has come to dominate the English-speaking Christian world and is commonly hailed as a literary achievement with a complex and humble beginning. Alister McGrath attempts to illustrate the intricate social, political and economic background throughout England and the rest of Europe that was the foundation for the creation of the King James Version of the Bible

This Is A Creative Piece Where I Write As If I Am James Wolfe And It Is In Relation To The Battle Of Plains Of Abrahams

1704 words - 7 pages Montcalm and Wolfe: Battle of Plains of AbrahamI always felt as though I knew my destiny at a young age, I had a clear vision for myself and fought to succeed at it. I am James Wolfe, a professional soldier. I was born at the vicarage in Westerham, Kent, on the second of January 1727. My father, Edward Wolfe, an army officer; and my mother, Henrietta, who raised us with loving arms. My destiny was to make a name for myself at Louisburg and

1.2 Summarise the Relevant Policy and Age-Related Expectations of Learners Relevant to Literacy Development in the Setting

2365 words - 10 pages was glistening in the beam of the torch. Then I felt a sting of pain I only realised now as I had grazed my knees badly and now it was bleeding. I had to go back to Gran’s house because I could hardly walk with my bruised knee and the train station is miles away I had no hope now of getting back to dad. I got up with my rucksack then I thought what I should do with that ice blue egg? I decided to take it with me. I picked it up and

Settings In Ababy

1221 words - 5 pages Setting in ArabyDolores Class1 073011120Final PaperThe third of the fifteen stories in Dubliners written by James Joyce is called Araby. It tells a story of a boy who falls in love with his neighbor's sister, for her suggestion the boy goes to bazaar and expects to buy a gift, unfortunately he buys nothing. James Joyce is regarded as an adept in applying various images. As a matter of fact, setting in this story is full of meaningful images

Notion of Paralysis of “Eveline”

677 words - 3 pages 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

Dying to Leave, Needing to Stay

566 words - 3 pages Desiree Nugent 9-12-2011 Unit 1 Review Essay WC: 545 Dying to leave, needing to stay Eveline, the main character of Joyce’s short story in Chapter 1, has a chance to leave her musty, mundane life at home to travel the world with Frank but decides to stay because her family needs her. She made a dying promise to her mother that she would “keep the home together as long as she could”, she had to help support her family and most

Single Women with Personal and Family Issues

1056 words - 5 pages single woman. These effects also lead the woman to have her own personal conflict. To begin with, in the short story “Eveline” one of the major issues is that Eveline has a problematic life compounded by having to make the decision to stay at home or leave with her boyfriend. Some examples in Joyce’s short story show this, Eveline living under her father's abusive control. The fear she had of uncertainty of a life with her boyfriend Frank

Related Papers

Expressionism And Stream Of Consciousness In James Joyce's Works

468 words - 2 pages One of the stories written in Dubliners by James Joyce, "A Painful Case" brings expressionism to the reader by the protagonist, Mr. Duffy. Joyce uses the protagonist's thoughts and feelings to distort the objects and events that are happening in the story. These thoughts are primarily used to darken the story. There are multiple examples in the text that provide examples of how Joyce used stream of consciousness to demonstrate expressionism.Mr

Trapped In Paralysis: James Joyce's "The Sisters"

861 words - 4 pages Trapped in Paralysis In “The Sisters” by James Joyce, the main character is the “I”-narrator who is a young boy living in Dublin. He is preoccupied with the paralytic state of his once close friend, Father Flynn, and learns of his death. The next morning he makes a journey to the dead man’s house confirming that he is dead. He begins to reflect back on his previous relationship with the dead man and much to his surprise, he feels

Setting In Chapter 3 Of Animal Farm

603 words - 3 pages Setting in Chapter 3 From the previous chapters the audience knows that the actual setting of this novella is Manor Farm in England. Manor farm consists of farm buildings, a yard and a big barn. In chapter three, Orwell sets the setting and mood by his use of diction. He immediately sets the tone of this chapter by saying that the animals ‘toiled and sweated’; this creates an image in our heads of hard work which all the animals had been

Unit 303 Principles Of Diversity, Equality And Inclusion In Adult Social Care Setting

1513 words - 7 pages Unit 303 Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care setting Outcome 1 Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion 1.1 The meaning of Diversity literally means difference. Diversity recognizes that though people have things in common with each other, they are also different and unique in many ways. Diversity is about recognizing and valuing those differences. Diversity consists of visible and non