Comparing Marriage in Eveline and The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

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Comparing Marriage in Eveline and The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

At times, a marriage may be motivated by feelings other than romantic love. Themes of alternative motivations for marriage are explored in the literary works, "Eveline" and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky". Also, in each of these stories, the decisions of a principle character is greatly influenced, by the opinions of others concerning marriage.

Sometimes people do not marry to be with one that they love, instead, they marry to flee a place or a person that they dislike. At the age of nineteen, Eveline consented to marry Frank to get away from her job at the Stores and her father. She thought her comrades at the Stores might call her a fool to run off with Frank to get married and that Miss Gavan would be glad she was gone. Although she feared her father would become violent because of her marriage, she knew some others would respect her.

She planned to explore a new life with Frank in his distant country home, Buenos Aires. Frank seemed older than Eveline from the stories he had told of his experiences. Eveline was acting upon impulse to escape. The more experienced Frank "would save her. He would give her life, perhaps love, too." (Joyce 331). Her mothers life of commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness (Joyce 331) was reason enough for Evelines sudden need to marry Frank.

Eveline weighed questions of her decision up to the last minute. She struggled with her feelings toward her known life. As the time for her to leave with Frank approached, she realized that her current life was not all that bad. Marriage would not be the answer to her dilemma. She did not go with Frank.

The people of Yellow Sky knew Sheriff Jack Potter had gone to San Antonio, but did not know why he went nor when he was coming back. However, Potter had gone "to meet a girl he believed he loved, and there, after the usual prayers, had actually induced her to marry him, without consulting Yellow Sky for any part of the transaction." (Crane 212). Potter and his bride were older than the average newly weds during that time period. They were self conscious because people in the parlor-car stared at them. Potter began to feel a greater self consciousness about how his town of Yellow Sky would respond to his marriage.

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