Cc Between Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? and the Movie Smooth Talk

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Where have you Been Smooth Talking? In the short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates, the lifestyle of protagonist Connie is described. Connie was a typical 15-year-old. She was outgoing, fun, and social. She had the worst relationship with her mother and her relationship with her father was not explained because he was not home much. Connie’s main concern was boys; she would do anything to meet up with them. That is not always a good idea because you never know the kind of people you will run into. Because she was not very careful an older guy, Arnold Friend, the antagonist, came into her life. This story transformed into a visual in the movie Smooth Talk by Joyce Chopra. The story and movie differed a…show more content…
Connie was very rebellious and whenever her mom would get upset with her she would storm out of the house and go out with her friends as if to say her friends were a remedy against the annoyance of her mother. Since her dad was not very parental, Connie took that as a sign of not caring which also caused her to go out more. The biggest cause for Connie’s outgoingness and rebellion is her mother’s attitude towards her. In the movie and short story Connie’s mom was rude to her and constantly comparing her to June. Connie’s mother’s tone was filled with annoyance and aggravation whenever she talked to Connie. There was nothing positive that came out of her mom’s mouth. The first thing the mom said was “Stop gawking at yourself, who are you? You think you’re so pretty?” (Oates 693) Although both the movie and short story showed the harsh mother-daughter relationship Smooth Talk added a very small twist. The twist was that Connie and her mom got along and painted the house together and also hugged. The biggest family difference is that in Smooth Talk June and her dad were a part of Connie’s life. A small connection formed between Connie and June. Especially in the end when the sisters danced together. Connie’s dad was in the house physically, but not mentally. He did not do a good job of being a father, which caused Connie to choose a path of exploration. To conclude, Connie’s family made

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