Eveline short story can be compared to the short story A Rose for Emily in many ways. Is paralysis one of them? If so what are some examples.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is categorized by teachers as Southern Gothic, is grotesque, features a protagonist who refuses to let go of her past in the ante-bellum South, and a protagonist who suffers from mental illness.  Emily certainly can be said to be suffering from figurative paralysis:  she kills Homer in order to keep from from going away, in order to keep him forever.

Joyce's "Eveline" is set in and is about turn-of-the-century Dublin, involves abuse (though nothing that approaches the grotesqueness of Emily), features a protagonist who refuses to let go of her past, but not a protagonist that suffers from mental illness (unless, I suppose, you want to make a case that figurative paralysis is a mental illness). 

Both works focus on specific areas or regions:  Faulkner's on the South after the Civil War, and Joyce's on turn-of-the-century Dublin.  For some time after publication, the regional nature of Dubliners prevented it from being widely accepted: a work that concerns only a certain region in a certain time usually doesn't gain wide critical acceptance.  In time, however, critics came to see Dubliners as applying to more than just its specific place and time.  Perhaps the existence of Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," with its similarities, demonstrates that.