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The Theme of Escape in James Joyce's Dubliners At James Joyce's Dubliners, the subject of escape tends to be a trend when characters are faced with crucial decisions. Joyce's book presents a bleak and dark perspective of Ireland; his goals by writing this publication are to exemplify people's reasons to flee Ireland. In the stories "Eveline, "Counterparts", and the "Dead", figures are facing autonomous decisions which shape their lives. This forlorn world casts a gloomy shadow over the characters of these stories. These tales are connected by their corresponding portrayal of all Ireland. They obviously represent Joyce's views on people's discontent with Ireland. From the story "Eveline", Joyce's most important personality Eveline has ambitions to escaper her life in Ireland. For the main part of the narrative she's waiting in front of a window prepared to leave for a new life together with her fan Frank. "She stood up at a sudden impulse of terror. Escape! She must escape" (29). This illustrates the subject of escape by showing her dissatisfaction with her life in Ireland. She is reluctant because of promise made to her mother to stay and care for her family. Being an independent individual she longs to leave Ireland however, she decides to stay in the conclusion of the narrative with full awareness of her decision. "NO! No! No! It had been hopeless. Her hands clutched the iron in frenzy" (34). She could leave her father and live a happy life rather she lives this displeasing life. Eveline is overrun with her unending battle with her is to depart. Eveline is driven by her duty of looking after her father. Within this narrative, the major antagonist is her father who is a shameful parent. He creates an unplea...