James Joyce

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Dust represents monotony. The dust in the house keeps collecting no matter how frequently Eveline cleans it, paralleling the monotony of Eveline’s life in Dublin: she is constantly taking care of people or cleaning, only…

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Water, specifically the sea, represents the unknown, and Joyce uses it to illustrate Eveline’s fear of the unknown. At the end of the story, when Eveline is filled with anguish and rendered immobile by…

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Brown and Red

Just as in the story “Araby,” Joyce uses the color brown to signify the dreariness of Dublin. However in this particular story, he also contrasts it with the new red houses that are being built…

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