Can you help me with a thesis for Joyce's "Eveline". It must start out like this: In "Eveline" by James Joyce, the theme of ... is conveyed through 1,2, and 3.I need help filling in the blanks....

Can you help me with a thesis for Joyce's "Eveline". It must start out like this: In "Eveline" by James Joyce, the theme of ... is conveyed through 1,2, and 3.

I need help filling in the blanks. This is an analysis essay.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Whenever one writes an essay, there is the necessity of composing a thesis that one feels he/she can support.  So, a close reread of the material under study is important after one decides upon an idea.

Now, regarding James Joyce's "Eveline," it is apparent that the theme is that of many of the stories contained in Dubliners:  paralysis.  With this is mind, then, you will want to compose three opinions of how this theme is developed. But, since enotes editors do not write essays for students, some suggestions only will be made that can assist in your own composition. 

The paralysis which comes from the impossibility of assertion of psychological freedom throughout Dubliners is one that is caused by any or all of these: personal, political, religious, and social issues that the characters have.  For instance, Eveline is a servile person as she demonstrates in her reflections about duty to her mother and her fear of her father; also, she thinks about Miss Gavan, "who always has had an edge on her" at her job as she contemplates leaving with Frank: 

People would treat her with respect then. She would not be treated as her mother had been. 

But, even in her dream of leaving, Eveline has misgivings, born of her weakness:

It was hard work--a hard life--but now that she ws about to leae it she did not find it a wholly undesirable life.

In another regard, Eveline's conviction about leaving with Frank starts to waiver with the idea of exile as she ponders Frank's travels as a sailor and the place where they will live, Buenos Ayres, which also carries with it connotations of Italian emigrants and other foreigners.

Finally, Eveline's religious faith contributes much to her dilemma of parting from her family as she has made promises to her mother and to the Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque. And, leaving with Frank in an unmarried state is against her Irish Catholic faith.

So, in composing the thesis of the theme of paralysis, consider the contributing factors that effect this paralysis by rereading the story closely with the theme in mind.  Then form your three opinions about these, being sure about supporting them.  Good luck!

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