The Theme Of Paralysis In Eveline By James Joyce

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People always tend to look for a lifestyle where their happiness is reached, however, most people live in paralysis because of their fear of violating their culture, tradition, or even their self-esteem. James Joyce, in his short story “Eveline”, uses all four aspects of “childhood, adolescence, maturity, and public life” to describe the struggle the people, females, in particular, face in Dublin through the character of Eveline who fights to make a choice between her freedom, and her home and family. Eveline’s character is influenced by her devastating childhood experience and the death of her mother as they seemed to impact a lot of her happy, innocent, and peaceful life she used to live. After losing them, she was forced to become a mature adult by taking care of her family, who don’t treat her well. At the same time, she was still influenced by her adolescence dreams of running with a person that can provide her with love and freedom. Even though her life was mostly affected by her experiences, Dublin, her home, played a role in her captivity and choice of being free. James Joyce relies on repetition, symbolism, and diction to emphasize how Eveline’s femininity is indicative of Dublin’s paralysis in order to suggest that inaction is fueled by the tension between fear of desire and fear of reality.
James Joyce uses repetition in his text to inform his readers by Eveline’s current state of life and how restricted she is by her life choices as a way to depict the paralysis
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