Thesis statement: Toibin’s use of opposites shows Eilis’ personal metamorphosis in that the protagonist breaks through the social constraints of her Irish society by liberating herself in Brooklyn’s anonymity.
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand, A mighty woman with a torch…’’(Lazarus, The New Colossus). Emma’s Lazarus poem is a reflection of the character of Eilis in Toibin’s Brooklyn, navigates the life in Ireland and USA to achieve self liberation.

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