James Joyce was born into a middle-class, Catholic family in Rathgar, a suburb of Dublin, on February 2, 1882.

James Joyce's book of short stories "The Dubliners" is one of his most famous works. Himself an Irish man, Joyce penned stories that centered around characters in Dublin who were dealing with the issues of the time period. Joyce's short story "Eveline" was the advent between adolescence and maturity. Written in 1914, which preceded the women's suffrage in Ireland by four years, te story's protagonist and title character, Eveline, is largely affected by the feminist issues of the time period. These feminist ideas are illustrated through Eveline's relationships with her family and boyfriend, as well the societal expectations, and her duties and obligations. Although the story “Eveline” is famous in its own right, it is difficult to categorize by itself since it is an integral tale in James Joyce’s short-story collection Dubliners (London, 1914). The collection, as a whole, presents a glimpse into the lives of average Dubliners of various ages and conditions during the close of the nineteenth century. In “Eveline,” Joyce’s presents the dilemma faced by a young woman who must either care for her father and children or flee her homeland with a sailor who has made a rather ambiguous proposal. Although seemingly a straight-forward tale, the writing style is unique for its era since the action takes place in the protagonist’s mind, as descriptions of the heroine’s reaction to internal and external impressions and memories. There is virtually no action in “Eveline”; the vast majority of the tale recounts the thoughts taking place in the heroine’s mind as she sits in front of a window in her home at dusk. In this sense, the story is non-linear. Although it begins with Eveline, the nineteen year-old protagonist, sitting in the invading darkness, the reader is given a glimpse of emotions and thoughts that she experiences rather than any action or plot; the locale shifts as Eveline’s thoughts wander. And, her thoughts eventually return to the crux of the matter: Eveline has met a sailor, Frank, who has convinced her to run away with him to Buenos Aires. Eveline’s thoughts and emotions are largely a result of this

“proposal” (whether Frank is actually honest. or frank. . and truly intends to marry Eveline is never actually clarified by Joyce).

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