Three Interpratations Of James Joyces Eveline

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Three interpretations’ of the short story Eveline in Joyce’s Dubliners.

This essay will examine the three interpretations of Joyce’s short story Evelyn. The first will analyse Joyce’s concept of paralysis, a condition he believes that the Irish people have succumbed to, due to the pressure of religion, politics and family. James Joyce wrote fifteen short stories that eventually became the collected work Dubliners these stories are centred on his idea of paralysis. This is not the physical paralysis of the body but a psychological state of the mind and emotions. Joyce broke the stories down into four categories for the different stages of life, childhood, adolescence, mature life and public life. Eveline is centred on the adolescence stage of paralysis where there might have been hope for her to change and get free from her state of paralysis, but Joyce has no faith in this stage of life and so there is no hope for change. In the second interpretation I will examine the possibility that Frank is just a fantasy he is not real. He is just an imaginary kind, gentle, man that is just a figment of her imagination who will take her somewhere far away from all the dullness and hardship of her life, to a new exotic loved up life full of happiness. A place where she will be someone who will be noticed not just fade into the background and be invisible. A place where she can really live not just get by, somewhere that she will be looked after and not have to worry about looking after anyone else. The third interpretation will examine the possibility that Frank is in fact real but far from being kind and gentle he is sinister and cruel. He is a calculating and clever man he uses his good looks and charms. He seduces Eveline with the promise of love and a better life but he is a sexual predator who wants to use Eveline and her body for profit. He is on the prowl for young
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