Evelines inability to let go of those family

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fulfilling her promise to stay to her dead mother. Eveline’s inability to let go of those family relationships, despite her father’s cruelty and her brother’s absence- clinging to pleasant memories from the past, and imagining what other people want her to do. She sees Frank as her hero, he can save her from her domestic situation and escape repeating her mother's life. But the threat of repeating her mother’s life troubles Eveline’s plans to leave with Frank and embark on a new phase in her life. Eveline resolves not to repeat her mother’s life of “commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness” (Joyce), she desired escape, but her reliance on routine and repetition overrides such impulses and she finds herself unable to go with Frank and unable to go home. She was left alone, unable to escape the past, and scared of the future. Eveline was heavily influenced by the way her deceased mother lived her life, and how she promised her mother to stay with her family. Despite how miserable staying would have made her, she just couldn’t get Lane 3
past her promise to her mother, or letting down her family. The external factor of her promising her deceased mother had a direct impact on why she found herself unable to make her own decision as well as the external factor of her father and her house are important in terms of why they had the ability to affect her decision. She was too focused on how everyone else would feel, that she ignored her own feelings- Eveline was facing a moral dilemma. Moral dilemma is an external factor because outside factors such as her dad and family influenced and impacted her all her life. The fact that she was exposed to these external factor all her life, it affected her morals and the way she thinks and makes her decisions. Hernando Téllez was a Colombian journalist and author that wrote “Just Lather, that’s all”. In this story, the Barber was faced with a different situation than Eveline; he battled with his conscious on what he felt was right and wrong. The Barber was faced with a moral dilemma

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