Eveline Analysis Essay

American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn proclaimed, “There are two parts to influence: First, influence is powerful; and second, influence is subtle. You wouldn’t let someone push you off course, but you might let someone nudge you off course and not even realize it.” Culture affects almost every aspect of our lives. Culture influences such as socioeconomic status, profession, gender, and religious beliefs are like subterranean rivers running through our lives and relationships, giving us messages that control our recognition, attributions, judgment and conceptions of self and other. Cultures are embedded in every conflict that touches us where it matters, where we make meaning and grasp our individualities, there is…

In the story “Araby” Joyce defines the setting in terms of figurative blindness and paralysis. The author reinforces the theme and the characters by using imagery of light and darkness. This illustrates the boy’s experience on how individuals frequently expect more than common reality can offer and feel disillusioned and disappointed. He uses dark and obscure references to make the boy’s reality of living in the gloomy town more vivid. Unlike the adolescent boy in “Eveline” the setting in the story is very plain. Nothing in Eveline’s life seems to change; most of the story takes place with Eveline sitting by the window. Joyce describes this as a dull room, “the odor of the dusty cretonne” (1556), from the curtains. Eveline is a result of her own environment. She is trapped in the setting and does not know any other way except the way things are now. Dublin has become a part of Eveline and the setting is the only thing that gives her a sense of security. Both of the short stories are similar in a way that they both represent aspects of life in Dublin Ireland in the early twentieth…