Analyze the relationship between Eveline and her father in James Joyce's "Eveline:. Make reference to how it is affected by society and the role of women in 20th century Dublin.
The relationship between Eveline and her father is clearly an abusive one, and it does very much reflect the expectations of how women were treated and expected to behave in 20th Century Ireland. Eveline is struggling with this internal conflict over whether she should stay in her miserable, abusive life caring for her father in Ireland, or run away that very day with Frank to Buenos Ayres. Joyce shows us their relationship through only specific lines and short memories Eveline recalls as she is sitting, looking out the window contemplating her decision. Her position by the window alone shows us that she is trapped by this promise she made to her dying mother that she would look after the household. This is a very typical promise for an Irish daughter to make back then, especially being the eldest. This is what daughters would do. Their hopes and dreams (which mostly consisted of getting married and having children) came second to the plans their fathers already had for them. Eveline is doomed from the start because she is the eldest female and her mother is dead.
Here is where the reader first starts to understand Eveline's relationship with her father: "Even now, though she was over nineteen, she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father's violence." This shows us that she is literally terrified. She lives a sad life with him, where she does not feel loved or even safe. Later, she mentions that this is why she has started having "the palpitations."
Yet, like many abused wives and children are known to do, she tries to rationalize how her father really does love her, even though he is abusive, cruel and selfish toward her. It says, "Her father was becoming...
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