In the story, "Eveline,"" James Joyce introduces the reader to the life of a young woman named Eveline. In the story, the narrator tells the reader that Eveline is about to elope to a man named Frank, the man she thinks she loves, and run away to a far away country to escape her dusty, monotonous life. Instead, she decides to stay in the dreary and gloomy life she already knows. To understand Eveline's final decision to stay, one must analyze the reasons that prevent Eveline from pursuing a better life. Her fear of the unknown, the fact that does not know Frank well enough, and the many attachments she has to her deceased mother prompt Eveline to make her decision. .
The first reason for Eveline to stay is that she does not have the courage to leave. She tries to convince herself that her life is not "wholly undesirable- ( ). However, Joyce reveals how hard and undesirable her life actually is when he tells us that she "felt herself in danger of her father's violence- ( ). Eveline's fear of her father is worsened on Saturday nights when he drinks alcohol. She gets "palpitations- because she is so afraid of her own father ( ). Although he beats her and treats her badly, she still thinks that "sometimes he could be very nice,"" just because she remembers him making her laugh once, and another time when he took care of her when she was sick ( ). These good memories about her father look insignificant compared to what she has to do for him. Eveline also has to support the mistreatments of her abusive father, even when she is asking him for money to buy groceries. Eveline alone asks herself if it is wise .
to leave. She thinks that at her home she has "shelter and food; she had those whom she had known all her life- ( ). She does not feel quite at home in her father's house. For example, after all these years she does not even know the name of the priest on a photograph in the house she lives ( ).