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Reading Comprehension

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This passage goes to show how much hard work she actually puts into making sure that their life is as simple as possible and as easy as it can be both for the children and her father. The biggest trace of guilt besides leaving her mother's promise is leaving those children and her father to tend for themselves, when she knows very certainly that he would never be able to step up to the plate and care for them as she is caring for them.

Another bite of the guilt in her body became well known in the passage above. In leaving her father she would regret it in some way terribly because she would feel bad due to the fact he is growing older and weaker, soon enough he would need her help. She also seems to believe he would miss her but he seems to just be in it for the money she provides him with for alcohol.

Her father was becoming old lately, she noticed; he would miss her (Joyce 2)

GuiltAs in Eveline's many internal conflicts, there are many values and dangers to guilt, one of which are broken promises.Gavin And Juliet

She had hard work to keep the house together and to see that the two young children who had been left to her charge went to school regulary and got their meals regularly (Joyce 2).

This example shows that Eveline both wants to and does not want to leave, nd the tough decision is pulling on her heart, tugging her both ways. THe first part of the quote is symbolic to how she is feeling by using the waves of the waters to show this.

All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He was drawing her into them: he would drown her. She gripped with both hands at the iron railing. (Joyce 3).

Even though this may just be withing the first paragraph that she proclaims her plans, the need behind it becomes very visual. Her yearning for a new life all for herself and her boyfriend is noticable, but even so, the guilt that rages through her about this decision of leaving her father and family/homelife gets worse as the time goes on for her.

Recalling this specific promise she made to her mother on her death bed, Eveline feels particularly saddened and drained by the fact that she would be considering breaking it. Her mother put her trust into Eveline to take care of the kids in her care and she just wanted to leave because she was tired of the life she was living. This part of the story is the reason why it is such a hard decision for her to make.

Everything changes. Now she was going to go away like the others, to leave her home (Joyce 1).

She knew the air Strange that it should come that very night to remind her of the promise she made to her mother, her promise to keep the home together as long as she could (Joyce 2).

Her eyes gave him no sign of love or farewell or recognition (Joyce 3).

As much as she claimed that she loved him the whole time that she was around or with him, in the end her real feelings and temperments showed through. She did not in fact love Frank, but was in love with the feeling of hope and a new life that he gave her. She simply could not continue her life and journey with him if she did not feel the same as he did, so her guilt wore through and showed at the end when she would not even dare talk back to him as they parted ways, she was not even slightly phased.

In this example, you can tell from the text even surrounding it that Eveline feels a tremendous amount of guilt from even wanting to follow her heart and what she wants to do reguarding whether she should stay or leave with Frank to Buenos Ayres. She is hoping and praying for an answer to all of her problems but to no avail, only she can make a decision for herself.

She felt her cheek pale and cold and, out of a maze of distress, she prayed to God to direct her, to show her what was her duty (Joyce 3)


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