… sealed her fate to the very life she wanted to avoid. Peake maintains that “the imaginative strength of the story is in the use of the girl’s physical immobility as a visual metaphor for her predicament” (Peake 21). Ultimately, when the times comes for her to make a positive move toward a better life, she is unable to do so. Thus, Joyce is able to represent the common angst experienced by everyone when encountering the unknown. This could easily represent many of the mindset
In “Eveline,” Joyce employs his stylistic technique to reveal certain aspects of Dublin that are …
… also representative of that time in the nineteenth century when immigrants were coming to Ireland.
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Joyce, James. Dubliners. New York: Penguin Books. 1975.
Peake, C. H. James Joyce: The Citizen and the Artist. Stanford: Stanford University. 1977.