How can we differentiate between two points of view in Eveline? What is the purpose of having two points of view?

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James Joyce’s short story Eveline is told from two points of view; the narrator and Eveline, both in third person. We can differentiate between these two points of view by paying attention to what is known by the person relaying the story. The narrator sees her sitting by the window in the beginning of the story: “She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue.” This narrator describes the scene, the history that took place on Eveline’s street, the people who lived there before and what life was like. Then, the point of view becomes inside Eveline’s head: “Home! . . . Perhaps she would never see again those familiar objects from which she had never dreamed of being divided.” The story alternates between the narrator’s view on Eveline’s story and Eveline’s thoughts.

The purpose of these two points of view give us both the realities surrounding Eveline’s predicament—her mother and brother are dead, her other brother is often gone, her father is a...

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