How is the scene when Eveline has an epiphany about leaving with Frank substantial? "Eveline" by James Joyce
As Eveline is preparing to leave with Frank, she has an epiphany of “a bell clanging upon her heart." As he takes her hand, she experiences “all the seas of the world tumbling about her heart." She has a vision of him drowning her in the seas and she clutches at the iron railing, fiercely. Even though he calls after her, asking her to follow him, she does not respond to his call. Instead, she looks at him helplessly, without any emotion.
This scene is important because it explains the conflicting emotions going on within Eveline. When presented with escape from her difficult life, she is paralyzed into inaction. She cannot make herself to follow Frank into the waiting boat. She is too attached to her life in Ireland to be able to leave all the familiar things behind. Instead, she now sees her beloved as a possibly dangerous man. Indeed, Eveline’s situation is a difficult one, for she has to make a choice between staying and leaving with a man whom she barely knows. If she...
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