It has no traditional plot: there is no introduction, that is replaced by Eveline’s flashbacks which provide information about her and her life, there is, in fact, a great number of lines concentrated on her innerself; the story is closed because nothing is changed and nothing will change.
Eveline thoughts are activated from something external like impression from the street or from the room, music or natural elements.
At the beginning there is the same air she had heard on the last night of her mother’s life, it reminds her that her mother’s death had been the tragic conclusion of her miserable life, and she didn’t want to spend her life as her mother, but her own inertia (symbol of paralysis) prevented Eveline from leaving her home.
She doesn’t have the hope on a better future life and she lacks in fortitude: she isn’t strong enough to try something new and she has no help from religion or from education.
The sea in the end is a symbol of escape, but at the same time of destruction; the stores represent the relationship with her oppression of the place; the house represents the relationship with her dad.