A Similar Life Within A Story: Eveline by James Joyce

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The heartache of losing a loved one is indescribable. Many people live out their lives based off how that one person would want them to live. James Joyce's short story, "Eveline," is an example of how promises are hard to break. As James Joyce writes his stories, his characters and themes share similarities within his own life, giving them more value and much more meaning behind the importance of the story. To begin with, "Eveline" is the story of a young teenager facing a dilemma where she has to choose between living with her father, who has beaten her in the past, and escaping with Frank, a sailor which she has been with for some time. This story is one of fifteen stories written by James Joyce in a collection called "Dubliners". The story, “Eveline”, is the first one in Dubliners to be written in third person, and the first one to experiment with what has become known as stream of consciousness (Vooged). These stories follow a pattern that Joyce uses to express his ideas: "Joyce's focus in Dubliners is almost exclusively on the middle-class Catholics known to himself and his family"(the Gale Group). Joyce's early life, family background, and his catholic background appears in the way he writes his stories, giving a personal meaning to them. "Where Joyce usually relates his stories to events in his life, there are some stories which are actual events that took place in his life" (Joyce, Stanislaus). So when looking twice into the story, I automatically wondered if James Joyces had a life that he wished to run away from, but that wasn’t the only question that was running through my head. James Joyce, in a letter to Grant, Richard wrote: My intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin fo... ... middle of paper ... ...P, 1982. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. Voogd, Peter De. "Imaging Eveline, Visualised Focalisations in James Joyce’s Dubliners." Ebscohost. Ebsco, 1 Apr. 200. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. Florio, Joseph. "Joyce's 'Eveline'." Explicatior. 181-85. 1993. 22 Apr. 2014. Ingersoll, Earl G. "The stigma of femininity in James Joyce's "Eveline" and "The boarding House". The Gale group Literature resource center - periodical display. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. Joyce James. "Eveline". Literature and writing process. Elizabeth McMahan, Susan Day, and Robert Funk. 4th ed. Upper saddle River, NJ: Prentice, 1996. Web. 22. Apr. 2014. Joyce, Stanislaus. "James Joyce". Short Story Criticism: Experts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers. Ed. Sheila, Fitzgerald. 1989. Web. 22. Apr. 2014. The Gale Group. "James Joyce." Literature resource center - Document Display. 2 Feb. 2000. 22 Apr. 2014.
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