Compare with `Eveline` and `The dead` Essay

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            Eveline is shorter and easy to read story in James Joyce’s Dubliners as compare to the novel The dead. But both story is considered powerful out of 15 stories from the book. It is a story about paralysis wherein the character Eveline wants to leave  Ireland together with the man of her heart Frank to settle in Argentina so as to avoid the very real threat of her father’s violence and her mother’s death.(Joyce, 1914) She thought that in Argentina a much better life awaits for her.  but she cannot totally go there because he has this fear and guilt of abandoning her father who disapproves Frank and her younger siblings as well because she made a promise to her mother that she will keep the home together as long as she could and so even she believes that she has the right to be happy she still chose to stay at Ireland for the sake of her family. Feared of the unknown fate and guilt stopped Eveline from boarding the ferry with Frank to Argentina.

            A professor and part-time book reviewer named Gabriel Conroy attends a Christmastime party thrown by his aunts (Kate and Julia Morkin, grand dames in the world of Dublin music) at which he dances with a fellow teacher and delivers a brief speech. As the party is breaking up, Gabriel witnesses his wife, Gretta, listening to a song sung by the renowned tenor Bartell D’Arcy, and the intensity of her focus on the music causes him to feel both sentimental and lustful. In a hotel room later, Gabriel is devastated to discover that he has misunderstood Gretta’s feelings; she has been moved by the memory of a young lover named Michael Furey who preceded Gabriel, and who died for the love of Gretta. Gabriel realizes that she has never felt similarly passionate about their marriage. He feels alone and profoundly mortal, but spiritually connected for the first time with others.(Joyce, 2007) Gabriel and his wife’s marriage is suffering from paralysis. and at the same time his paralysis is a result of denial and lack of interest on Irishmen encounter and because of his admiration to English.

            Both characters suffered from paralysis and love frustration but Gabriel is considerably more ahead of Eveline because dwells on his own revelation without suppressing or rejecting it, and who can place himself in a greater perspective. In the final scene of the story, when he intensely contemplates the meaning of his life, Gabriel has a vision not only of his own tedious life but of his role as a human.

Works Cited

Joyce, James. (1914) Dubliners. : Bantam Classics

Joyce, James. (1914) Summaries and Commentaries (the dead) retrieved December 10, 2007 from:

Joyce, James. (1914) Summaries and Commentaries (eveline) retrieved December 10, 2007


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