Eveline by James Joyce
Tasks and Activities
- The story has an interior dialogue that takes place in Eveline’s head. Take a closer look, and find the two voices that are speaking.
- How is this dialogue reflected in the structure of the story?
- Eveline has a difficult decision to make. List the arguments she uses to convince herself of either of the two options.
- At what point did you understand what decision she would end up with?
- What brings about Eveline’s epiphany? (See the introduction.)
- There are a number of symbolic elements in the story – the dust, the old objects, the childhood memories, her mother’s death, her father’s violence, Frank’s travelling tales – what do these symbols represent?
- In what way is the story an example of modernist writing? Follow this link for more information about Modernism
- Most of us have, at one time, been in a situation like this. What do you think of Eveline’s decision? Is she fulfilling her duty, or is she choosing the easy way out?
- What do you think is the theme of the short story?
- Comment on these quotes:
- “She was tired.”
- “- she, Eveline.”
- “Escape! She must escape!”
- “A bell clanged upon her heart.”
- “He would drown her.”
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