James Joyce manages to not only depict characters as they seem, but also reveal their inner world that is hidden from surrounding people and characters. His story “Eveline” is characterized by a great deal of psychological tension and can be approached from a psychological point of view. Viewing the story in this way helps the reader to better understand the story when they look at the conflict of Eveline’s life with her father, the relationship with Frank, and honoring a promise with her mother.
In fact the story of Eveline is the story of a young woman who seems to be depressed and she is torn between her family and herself. From the very beginning of the story, she is clearly unhappy and suffers plenty. She is destitute by her father whom she is obviously afraid of. This is most likely the result of some psychological trauma she received in her childhood, for “even now, though she was over nineteen, she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence” (pg. 4) and she seems to have already suffered from act of violence from the part of her father in her childhood of which its consequences are still relevant when she has grown up. The situation is getting even worse given that her father “had begun to threaten her and say what he would do to her only for her dead mother’s sake” (pg. 4). Even in the first flashback, when Eveline recalls her childhood, she clearly remembers how “her father used often to hunt them in out of the field with his blackthorn stick” (2). The father continues to deprive Eveline of a normal life even when she has grown up, just like with the rest of the family, namely Harry seeing as he and Eveline both have to give their father money they have earned.
As a result of her suffering from her father, she decides to escape from the world and the life which are getting to be unbearable for her. Naturally, she wants to leave with Frank whom she has a relationship with. She likes this man probably because...