Compare and contrast Joyce’s “Araby’ and “Eveline’. Comment

Compare and contrast Joyce’s “Araby’ and “Eveline’. Comment

Joyce, James was born on February 2, 1882 in Rathgar, a suburb of Dublin. The oldest of 10 children, his family moved to different part of Ireland during his upbringing. In 1898, he began to attend University College, Dublin, and four years later he moved to Paris. He returned to Dublin in 1903 because of his mother’s illness, and around this time he met Nora Barnacle, his lifelong companion. The North Richmond Street’s, houses and schools were founded by Edmund Rice in 1828 and the foundation stone was laid by Daniel O’Connell. Joyce struggles to make a home in the cold, gloomy rooms of this house, which he portrays in “Araby”. Joyce describes the claustrophobic atmosphere of this street vividly in “Araby”, a story from Dubliners Joyce’s “Eveline’ is a story about a young woman who was unhappy with her life so decides to run off with a man whom she plans to marry. The plot of the story is a quest-like search for the love she doesn’t feel with her father. The writer spreads this throughout the story, showing the depth of Eveline’s character and her problems that come mainly from her father and all that arise from their relationship. The best moment in “Eveline’ only comes after the long flashbacks into Eveline’s life end, where the time finally comes for her to leave her past life behind and join Frank in Buenos Ayres. The significance of the movement of the river makes us feel that it has a physical division in the structure and is effective because as it says: “The sees of the world tumbled about her heart”, she feels that she knows were she belongs, and she almost feels like Frank is pulling her into a place in her life were she doesn’t want to go, and feels “drown’ is he pulled her in much further. Eveline is torn between her desire to leave, and the thought of her future husband. The conflict between Eveline’s decision to leave and her desires to stay shows most strongly at the end when she is froze…


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