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Bianca Marteja

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of Eveline

Main Theme
of Paralysis
" Her father used often to hunt them in out of the field with his blackthorn stick but usually little Keogh used to keep nix and call out when he saw her father coming (27)."
Where else in the story has Eveline's father denied her of any type of freedom?
"Of course, her father had found out the affair and had forbidden her to have anything to say to [Frank] (30)"

James Joyce

Eveline's daily life
Eveline's thought process
Eveline's Daily Life
"She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue (26)."
"She looked round the room reviewing all it's familiar objects which she had dusted once a week for so many years... (27)."
"The invariable squabble for money on Saturday nights had begun to weary her unspeakably (28)."
"He said she used to squander
the money, that she had no head... (29)."
Her father treated her horribly
"In the end, he would give her the money and ask her had she any intention of buying Sunday's dinner (29)."
And yet, Eveline states that she "did not find it a
wholly undesirable life
At the end of the story,however, Eveline chooses to stay in Dublin.


Eveline's ability to decide is
paralized. She expresses paralysis through her thoughts and through her actions.
"In her home anyway she had shelter and food; she had those whom she had known all her life about her (28)."
"People would treat her with respect then. She would not be treated as her mother had been (28)."
"She sometimes felt herself in danger of her father's violence (28)."
"She had nobody to protect her (28)."
"Her father was becoming old lately... he would miss her. Sometimes he could be very nice (30)."
Derevaun Seraun! Derevaun Seraun!
"Frank would save her. He would give her life, perhaps love too... She had a right to happiness. Frank would take her in his arms, fold her in his arms. He would save her (31)."
"Derevaun Seraun! Derevaun Seraun! (31)."
Corrupt Gaelic for "the end of pleasure is pain" or "the end of song is madness."
Why is it significant?
What does it mean?
Would she end up like her mother?
Did her fear in becoming like her mother stop her from joining Frank?

We will never know the definite reason for why she stayed in Dublin.
a very important
Eveline's actions
Specific imagery/diction used by the author
Other Gnomons:

The name of the priest
freedom, ability to live her own life
what caused her mother to be treated badly- what had she done
"... her promise to keep the home together as long as she could (30)."


"...She continued to sit by the window, leaning her head against the window curtain,inhaling the odour of dusty cretonne (30)."
" She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. Her head was leaned against the window curtains and in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne (26)."
A heavy unglazed cotton, linen, or rayon fabric, colorfully printed and used for draperies and slipcovers
also used for lining of coffins at the time
What is the significance?
"... in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne (26)."
"And yet during all those years she had never found out the name of the priest whose yellowing photograph hung on the wall above the broken harmonium beside the coloured print of the promises made to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque (27)."
"Broken harmonium"
what is the significance?
Harmony in the family is
"the end of song is madness"
"Derevaun Seraun!"

The Promises of
Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque
I will establish peace in their families
They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death
Tepid souls shall become fervent
I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored
"Tepid souls shall become
: lacking in passion, force, or zest
Perhaps this "promise"
is intended to define Eveline
Frank = Free
Frank was Eveline's ticket
to freedom
a night in shining
"Frank would take her in his arms, fold her in his arms (31)."
would take her in his arms, fold her in his arms.
" [Her father] had forbidden her to have anything to say to him (30)."
[Her father] had forbidden her to have anything to say to
What kinds of paralysis did Eveline's
character represent?
Paralysis runs rampant throughout
Eveline's life.
Paralysis expressed through
Eveline's Actions
"She stood among the swaying crowd in the station at the North Wall."
" She answered nothing."
"She prayed to God to direct her to show her what was her duty."
"She kept moving her lips in silent, fervent prayer."
"She gripped with both hands at the iron railing."
"Amid the sea, she sent a cry of anguish."
Her eyes gave him no sign of love or farewell or recognition
The Epiphany
" All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He was drawing her into them:
he would drown her
Blackthorn sticks were used by mili-
tary officers at this time, and black
thorn berries were used to make alcohol. These two facts could be
applied to her father, and explain
his behavior.

Close Read
tension is building up to the epiphany
her struggle with leaving is made more apparent
"The boat blew a long mournful whistle into the mist."
"Her distress awoke a nausea in her body..."
Love and affection from her father
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