Compare and contrast the ways in which women are depicted in "Eveline," "The Boarding House" from Dubliners.

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It is clear that the characters of Eveline and Polly in these two short stories are very different and are presented in contrasting ways by Joyce. Eveline is a character who feels burdened by her moral responsibility to her father and family, and, as much as she desires to escape the same fate that her mother experienced, which Eveline describes as a life made up of "commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness," when she finally has to make a decision, she finds herself paralysed and unable to move, trapped by the reality of her situation. Note how Joyce describes this as she stays behind hte barrier and watches Frank as he implores her to follow him:

She set her white face to him, passive, like a helpless animal. Her eyes gave him no sign of love...

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