Mrs. Mallard’s Marriage
In “Eveline” by James Joyce and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, we see two confused women. The main characters of these stories, Eveline and Mr. Mallard, are facing severe changes in their lives and they do not know what to feel about those changes.
The eponymous hero from “Eveline” is a young girl, who is getting ready to leave the father’s home. Her life seemed to be not so happy: her mother and brother have died, her dad was abusive, and she worked hard to survive; until she met Frank, a sailor, who at first became her friend, then – lover. A better life with her husband-to-be in Buenos Aires is approaching, but at the last moment, substantial doubts seem to replace the hope for a better future. Suddenly, she remembers the good things her dad has done for her and her promise to the deceased mother: “…the promise to her mother, her promise to keep the home together as long as she could…” (Joyce, n/p). All of a sudden, she wants to escape her thoughts and Frank becomes the way of her possible escape. We can feel the doubt and confusion in Eveline’s thoughts, how fast she changes her mind. The story ends with the ferry, with the help of which Frank and Eveline were going to meet the happy life, leaving without Eveline. As the girl stands on the station, as she is about to board the ferry, she feels all the doubt, guilt even, again. Eve grabs the railing and refus…
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