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Summary Eveline Hill sits at a window in her home and looks out onto the street while fondly

recalling her childhood, when she played with other children in a field now developed with new homes. Her thoughts turn to her sometimes abusive father with whom she lives, and to the prospect of freeing herself from her hard life juggling jobs as a shop worker and a nanny to support herself and her father. Eveline faces a difficult dilemma: remain at home like a dutiful daughter, or leave Dublin with her lover, Frank, who is a sailor. He wants her to marry him and live with him in uenos !ires, and she has already agreed to leave with him in secret. !s Eveline recalls, Frank"s courtship of her was pleasant until her father began to voice his disapproval and bicker with Frank. !fter that, the two lovers met clandestinely. !s Eveline reviews her decision to embark on a new life, she holds in her lap two letters, one to her father and one to her brother Harry. #he begins to favor the sunnier memories of her old family life, when her mother was alive and her brother was living at home, and notes that she did promise her mother to dedicate herself to maintaining the home. #he reasons that her life at home, cleaning and cooking, is hard but perhaps not the worst option$her father is not always mean, after all. %he sound of a street organ then reminds her of her mother"s death, and her thoughts change course. #he remembers her mother"s uneventful, sad life, and passionately embraces her decision to escape the same fate by leaving with Frank. !t the docks in Dublin, Eveline waits in a crowd to board the ship with Frank. #he appears detached and worried, overwhelmed by the images around her, and prays to &od for direction. Her previous declaration of intent seems to have never happened. 'hen the boat whistle blows and Frank pulls on her hand to lead her with him, Eveline resists. #he clutches the barrier as Frank is swept into the throng moving toward the ship. He continually shouts ()ome*+ but Eveline remains fi,ed to the land, motionless and emotionless. )haracter -ist Eveline Eveline . %he protagonist of the story that shares her name. Eveline makes a bold and e,citing decision to elope to !rgentina with her lover, Frank, but ultimately shrinks away from it, e,cluding herself from love. Her constant review of the pros and cons of her decision demonstrates her willingness to please everyone but herself, and her final resolve to stay in Dublin with her family casts her as a woman trapped in domestic and familiar duties and afraid to embrace the unpredictable. Her father .. violent . her fear . Her mother .. conservative . her duty . Frank .. kind, open.hearted .. her unknown future

Themes /. %hemes are the fundamental and often universal ideas e,plored in a literary work. 0. %heme #truggle between one"s happiness and one"s responsibility #piritual paralysis Dream vs. 1eality !ction vs. 2nactivity 3. paralysis and the failure to find a way out of it. 4oint of view %hird.person narrator

4lot overview Eveline ! young woman, Eveline, sits in her house and reviews her decision to elope with her lover, Frank, to !rgentina. Eveline wonders if she has made the correct choice to leave her home and family. !s the moment of departure approaches, she reaffirms her decision, but changes her mind at the docks and abandons Frank. #etting located in Dublin, 2reland in an old room.