In "Eveline," what are the reasons for Eveline's wish to leave her hometown and go with Frank?
A new life in Buenos Aires with Frank is an attractive option for Eveline. A fresh start in a faraway country is just what she needs. Her home life is marred by boredom, drudgery, and petty arguments over money with her alcoholic father. What's happening in Eveline's life is simply a microcosm of a wider political and cultural malaise in Irish society. A constant refrain from Joyce in his short stories is the cultural and intellectual stasis of life in Ireland, and Eveline's drab, hopeless existence reflects this.
Eveline clearly has deep feelings for Frank. He would be the ideal man for her, in Argentina or anywhere else. Upping sticks and moving half way round the world is a big step, but it would be so much easier for Eveline with Frank by her side. She's taking a risk, but not a very big one. She knows that Frank will be a loyal, loving companion, someone who will take care of her and give her all the emotional comfort and support so patently lacking at home. Simply put, moving to...
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