Notes on Eveline. The story starts with Eveline ’ s looking out of the window and remembering her past; her memories are marked by the shift in time ( “ One time ” , l.5 - “ Now ” , l.18). the past was better than the present her life is now unbearable
Notes on Eveline
William James, Principles of Psychology (1890)
Consciousness “does not appear to itself chopped up in bits… (but) flows like a river or a stream. Hence let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness”
Stream-of-consciousness fictionisconcerned with the area whichisnormallybeyondcommunication:
interiormonologue: the literaryinstrumentused to translatethatphenomenonintowords
Dorothy Richardson was a pioneer in the technique, whichwasthenfullydeveloped by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf
two main types:
(some critics call this “interior monologue”)
(some critics call this “stream of consciousness”)
present situation (father) conditioned by the past (mother)
“Derevaun Seraun”.= the end of pleasure is pain?
EPIPHANY “Escape. She must escape”
future expectations → Frank. Who is he?
started his sailing career on a trade route associated with exile
"going to Buenos Aires" was a slang term for prostitution
the night boat to Liverpool may have been a reference to the mythological journey over the Styx river to the pagan underworld
Frank might have no intention of marrying his lover, but instead is planning to bring her into a situation she will find immoral
Why doesn’t she go at the end?
dust, broken harmonium, portrait of the priest, faraway countries, the sea, the ship
an example of Dublin’s paralysing effect on its inhabitants
a vivid, realistic, moving story written in simple, effective language, appropriate to the character