What is the interior monologue of Eveline in "Eveline" by James Joyce? 

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James Joyce’s “Eveline” is a story that follows the frustration and desire of a young woman, the titular Eveline, as she desires to leave her father and family behind. The story employs a very interesting form of narration to tell the story. The majority of the tale is written in omniscient third-person to outline the feelings and motivations of each character, but it slips into the mind of Eveline to give greater detail on her thoughts and feelings.

This type of interior monologue is known as free-indirect discourse, and it allows the narrator to focus on a single character to flesh out their mind and personality. By doing this, we get a deeper look at the experience of Eveline as she shows her frustration and sadness at feeling trapped with her father and inability to move away with the man she loves. The transition flows almost imperceptibly between the omniscient point of view and the thoughts of Eveline to center the story around her and take a deeper look at her character.

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