What are two words from the Devil's Dictionary that relate to "Eveline" by James Joyce?James Joyce's The Dubliners
Using The Devil's Dictionary written by Ambrose Bierce, two words that are applicable to the main character of James Joyce's short story "Eveline" are decide and abstainer.
decide - to succumb to the preponderance of one influence over another
Eveline longs entertains the hope of escaping the abuse of her father by boarding a ship for America with the sailor who promises her adventure. In her new home, in a "distant, unknown country," she would be married; "people would treat her with respect then," not as her mother had been. But, in a moment of weakness, Eveline realizes she cannot leave.
As her sailor beckons to her to board the ship which will carry them to America, Eveline feels "a bell clang upon her heart," the rind of the influence of her father and her brother. For, she is already like her mother--abused--and in her protective love and sense of obligation to her dying mother's request, Eveline cannot leave her brother alone with her father.
No! No! No! It was imossible. Her hands clutched the iron in frenzy. Amid the seas she sent a cry of anguish.
Eveline decides to remain in Dublin.
Having made the decision to remain, Eveline sets "her white face" to the sailor,
passive, like a helpless animal. Her eyes gave him no sign of love or farewell or recognition.
Thus, Eveline becomes an abstainer - A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. In her tragic paralysis, as Joyce refers to the inaction and indecision of the Irish, Eveline denies herself the opportunity to create a life for herself. Instead, she returns to the petty life of subjugation to a cruel father and a mediocre job, a life of "quiet desperation" as an abstainer.