Eveline

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Harsha Perera
Professor Hogan
English Comp 201 014
October 2, 2012 Comparison of Eveline and Connie “Eveline” and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” are similar stories set in different eras. “Eveline” is a short story written by James Joyce. “Where are you going, Where have you been” is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates. Eveline and Connie are two teenage girls who are ultimately trapped by the influences of their cultures. The church plays a heavy influence on Eveline throughout the story. Eveline is conflicted on whether she should leave with Frank or stay behind with her father. The unknown priest mentioned in the story appears to be significant because of his absence. The priest represents the Catholic Church, a powerful influence in Dublin but he is only remembered from a “yellowing photograph” (Joyce 4). Eveline's religion is not a relief to her at this point in her life; it is a set of rules to live by, which are deeply implanted in her. Eveline is left with obligations and duties, "promises made to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque"(Joyce 4), but she does not have support from a church to help her carry them out. The nameless priest who represents the church, like everyone else immigrated to a place far away.
Another cultural factor that traps Eveline is the Patriarchal household. Eveline is living with a father who is becoming more and more abusive. She is the last that’s left of her family, her mother has died and her brothers have moved on. She sits at the window pondering over her past and what her life used to be. Her mother was also a victim of the same thing. On her deathbed she chanted “Derevaun Seraun! Derevaun Seraun!”(Joyce 6) which means the end of pleasure is pain. This shows that the mother was subjugated to the same things that Eveline will face. Eveline’s mother seemed happy in the memories that Eveline has…...

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