Characterization; Eveline

In your opinion, is Eveline a round, dynamic, flat, static character, or a combination of any? Explain your opinion.

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Eveline is certainly a round character. There is much conflict and discord going on inside of her. She works very hard, at a store and also at home, where she cares for her old father. She won't miss her job in the store. She has mixed feelings about her father. He can be cruel, and though he doesn't beat her, as he did her brothers, he often threatens her with violence. I think Eveline is a static character. She wants to take the risk of leaving Ireland with Frank, but is eventually overcome by her old fears. Paralysis is a common theme in Dubliners, and poor Eveline finds herself unable to move forward. She lacks the courage and strength to make that leap that will free her of her oppressive situation. She's too scared to leave Ireland, and sees her lover as a possible source of danger: "All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He [Frank] was drawing her into them: he would drown her" (34). But her paralysis will cost her. Instead of an uncertain but hopeful future, she faces a certain and dismal future that may well repeat her mother's sad life story.