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Eveline In the short story ”Eveline” by James Joyce, Eveline, the protagonist was given the opportunity to escape from her hard unendurable life at home and lived a life of true happiness at Buenos Ayres with Frank, her lover. Throughout the story, Eveline was faced with a few good memories of her past from her childhood and her mother; however she also faced the horrible flashbacks of her mother’s illness and her father’s violence. In the end, she did not leave with Frank, Eveline’s indecisiveness and the burden of her family’s duties made her stay. By not taking that opportunity, Eveline probably missed a life of exploration with Frank. Eveline would have had the chance to know what independence feels like and she would have had the chance to experience individual freedom. Instead, her life afterwards is a life of regret and imprisonment with her family. Being an only child, she is bound by her family’s actions and their duties. Eveline has taken on an incredible part of the burden in keeping the family together. Her father was an overbearing and unfair man who took his daughters earnings for himself; and rather than appreciating her sacrifices, he ridiculed her. As she now lived with her father and her two brothers, she felt tired and frustrated with her father’s commands and her everyday life. Everyday she sadly waited for Frank to come back into her life once again and fill her life with happiness. Eveline may possibily in the future lived her freedom when her controlling father passed away, however, perhaps it would become too late for her to experience the freedom she wanted. The life she lived after she made her choice is a very sad and tiring one. Eveline took one more responsibility and she was always full of regret for not leaving with Frank. There was…...

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