In "Eveline," is Eveline characterized using the direct or indirect characterization methiod?

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In the short story "Eveline," James Joyce describes Eveline through indirect characterization. Indirect characterization is a method by which the reader is made a participant in the life and conflict of the character because all understanding of the character comes from the reader's ability to understand the meaning of actions, attitudes, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, emotions, and conversations or comments.

By contrast, direct characterization presents exactly what the author wants the reader to know about the character in order to hasten the character revelation and understanding process in order that the action may be undertaken more expeditiously (quickly). This direct method of characterization is most effective in adventure stories, action stories, and science fiction

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