What is the purpose of James Joyce in the story, "Eveline from Dubliners by James Joyce?

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In his introduction to The Dubliners, a collection of short stories by James Joyce in which "Eveline" is one, Terence Brown writes,

So detail in The Dubliners is disposed like brush-stroks in a complex canvas to compose a settled impression of a society in the grip of paralytic forces.

This Joycean vision includes the forces of the British Protestant element in Dublin where the government jobs were not given to the Irish Catholics who, then, were confined to brown houses on brown avenues where there was a frustrating awareness of their powerlessness to do anything about their situations.  Added to this is the tragic character of many of the Dubliners who, though they have a sudden bust of enlightenment about their situation, they become paralyzed...

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