What would be a good thesis for the short story "Eveline"?

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Your thesis for the story, "Eveline," from Joyce's Dubliners would depend on your interpretation of the story and the approach you want to take.  I can suggest topics and research questions easier than I can write a thesis for you (especially without more information on what you have in mind). 

Some possible topics include:  isolation, responsibility vs. freedom, paralysis, the relation of "Eveline" to other stories in Dubliners, illusion and reality, emigration, and epiphany.  This list is not exclusive.

Research questions might include:

  • In what way is Eveline paralyzed?
  • What is Eveline's motivation for staying?
  • How does Eveline's isolation relate to the isolation of the protagonist in "Clay" or "A Painful Case"?
  • Does Eveline in any way compare to Joyce himself, who lived much of his adult life away from Ireland?
  • What is Eveline's epiphany, and does it come too late or too early?

These are just some ideas of what you could focus on.  Answer a research question and that could be your thesis.

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