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Faculty Mentors

Tracy Mishkin

Abstract

There are many difficult questions in life that envelope each of us in a "maze of distress" (Joyce 514). Each one seems more confusing than the last, but the next one will seem even more so. In James Joyce's "Eveline," a woman must choose between the possibility of happiness with her love or a continued life of drudgery as the caretaker of her family. Even though a difficult family life destroyed her mother, Eveline's decision is confused by her obligation to her family. Oddly enough, Eveline makes what seems to be an unbelievable choice: to stay with her family. After delving into the particulars of her life, she chooses to stay because she has no other alternative.

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