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Compare And Contrast Joyce's 'araby' And 'eveline'. Comment On The Writer's Effectiveness

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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 fell in love with. 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. Eveline is torn between her desire to leave, and the thought of her future husband. The conflict ...view middle of the document...

"Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger." The writer uses the different parts of the plot to control our responses such as it being like a quest as he battled his way through the streets and came all the way to the bazaar when it turned out to be a small place that wasn't worth all the fuss that he gave to it in the earlier parts of the story. He is also paralyzed in the moment, unlike Eveline; she was paralyzed because of the thought of her father, yet the boy is paralyzed by anger.The similarities between Joyce's 'Araby' and 'Eveline' characters are, for example the boy's uncle and Evelines father. In 'Araby', the boy's uncle is a sad depressed man who longs for nothing but happiness for his nephew and gives him all he has to show love for him. As the boys uncle is not his father he cannot stop the boy from going to the bazaar, but tries to delay him all the same. "Cant you give him the money and let him go? You've kept him late enough as it is". Where as in 'Eveline', her father does the exact opposite and makes her give all she has instead of giving her all he has. Yet, there is a similarity. Both the boy and Eveline are poverty struck and both of their families, though one shows it more than the other, care very much for them. Both stories: 'Araby' and 'Eveline' have a similar plot line. In contrast to this, both the boy and Eveline show that there life as one big struggle to please people. Eveline tries to please both her dead mother and drunken father. The boy in 'Araby' tries to please Mangans sister with empty promises about souvenirs from the bazaar. Joyce uses similar language in both stories. People in both 'Araby' and 'Eveline' to either explain a point or to emphasize it use exclamation marks. Examples include, "O, I never said such a thing!" (Araby p35) and "Damned Italians! Coming over here!" The writer uses punctuation like these very effectively as it makes the person in the story say things with immense power.The write also uses poetic techniques that work well with the story. In addition to this, the write defuses it into the story and adds a natural feel making us aware that his language is real. Such examples of his poetic technique are in 'Araby' about the boy's passionate, uncontrollable feelings for the girl. "My body was like a harp," he says, " and her words and gestured were like fingers running upon the wires." In 'Eveline', much can be said in the way of poetic jesters, as for the example I have stated, "My body was like a harp", yet in 'Eveline', the writer describes her as if someone else was controlling her, and that she wasn't the master of her mind or body, yet another example of a poetic technique is " Yellowing photograph", making it seem old, dieing and lifeless as the person in the picture was, also ironic. Personification is also an aspect of both stories. In 'Araby', examples of personification are: "Brown...

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