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Cancellieri Lorenzo's analysis
[author: Lorenzo Cancellieri - postdate: 2008-01-06]

Text: Eveline
Task: Understanding  the short story and the protagonist's personality

Cultural: Improving linguistic knowledge
Linguistic: Learning new words

Eveline's description begins in medias res: Joyce underlines the importance of the thinking drawing her reflecting. Eveline faces an inner pain, that is why she hides in the happy thoughts of the past childwood andfeeds expectations for the future; she runs to the ideal place for her. Eveline perceives her own town as an oppressor against which she has no defences. ù


Joyce tells about a lady who is not as  strong inside as she appears on the outside (because she manages a family).


The adolescent phase is perfectly explained: you are man/woman on the outside, but not yet in the inside. Eveline stands waiting for something to show her the way to go out.

Since the environment surrounding her doesn't help changings and Frank, leaves for the Argentina, she realizes she is standing in front of a decision for which she has only got  doubts. She promised her mother on her  deathbed she would taken care of the family. Eveline isn't described as a woman because she doesn't become a wife. As a matter of fact she remains in Dublin where she has no possibilities to feel herself plenty accomplished as a woman. She prefers not to risk her passive life in Dublin for a better and indipendent role in the world.
Joyce uses the pronoun "she/her" in the first part and changes it into "it" with the changing of his idea of Eveline, focusing his personal point of view.

1dingy, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, sorry depressing in character or appearance;
2drab, sober, somber, sombre lacking brightness or color;
3drab, dreary lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise;
1invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort;
1dingy, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, sorry depressing in character or appearance;  
2thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot;
3(of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; "dirty" is often used in combination;
1remembrance, recollection, anamnesis the ability to recall past occurrences
1.control: the act of making something  
2.functioning state: the state of functioning or of being in effect;
3.something done: something that is carried out, especially something difficult or complex;