What is Eveline's turning point in her life in Joyce's "Eveline"?

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Arguably, the turning point for Eveline happens when she meets Frank, a young man who wants to marry her and set up a new life abroad.

Prior to meeting Frank, Eveline's life is restrictive and is mainly centered on her domestic responsibilities at home. This is shown clearly in the text. Eveline, for example, is portrayed as "working hard" to keep her family together. In addition, she cares for her two younger siblings who need a mother figure in their lives.

Meeting Frank, however, prompts huge changes in Eveline's life, as we see from the line, "She was about to explore another life with Frank."

In other words, her life is about to change dramatically. Instead of devoting herself to her family in Ireland, Eveline has the opportunity to start afresh in Buenos Aires with Frank. This turning point prompts much reflection from Eveline and creates considerable apprehension and conflict. In the end, however, Eveline is unable to leave her family behind and chooses to stay in Ireland.

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