Polly andEveline are two of the main female characters in “The boarding house” and “Eveline” are presented completely different in comparing ways by theauthor James Joyce. Eveline is a girl who is stressed out by her moral duties becauseshe feels responsible for her family and her father. Eveline wants to get outof the same destiny that her mother has experienced before and acquire a lifeof her own. Eveline even describes her life as a life made of painfulsacrifices in craziness.
At the end of the story Eveline has to make a decision.She finds herself emotionless and unable to move because she is being realisticand she is concerned about her conditions. And this quote shows how Joyce explains thispart of the story as she stays behind the barrier and watches Frank when hebegs her to come with him:”she sets herwhite face to him, passive, like a helpless animal. Her eyes gave him no signof love or farewell or recognition.”Also, this quotedescribes her as acting “like a helpless animal,” is involved withthe reader’s sympathies.
The major adjective, “passive,” is createdto focus on the way that she feels imprisoned by situations that feel so muchbigger than she is and from which she feels hopeless and powerless to breakfree.Compares toEveline, Polly is a vaguer character who is, at least in part, responsible forher own situation. Even though it is possibly arguable that Polly is used brutallyby her parents. However, Obviously, Polly is at least in part of the creator ofher own fortune. Besides, the way she sings the song, “I’m a naughtygirl,” affirms it to the readers. It can be seen that Polly is just as cruelas her mother in the way that she flirts with the unfortunate Doran, and thenshe fakes sadness and feeling to increase his guiltiness and confirm that he isgoing to make a proposal to her. In this way, Polly can be seen as being very aliketo her mother, who is defined in the quote below:”She dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat: and inthis case, she had made up her mind.
“Both Pollyand Mrs. Mooney are presented in distinctive ways to show how they are emotionlessand manipulative. Besides, both of them also don’t feel the sympathies in the identical way that Eveline does,but women overall in both of these stories are represented as doing the best theycan in brutal situations, which includes the irresponsibility of Mr. Mooney andthe problematic family condition that Eveline has to deal with, women are presentedto endure much and get through with their own ways.