Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?

1546 WordsMay 2, 20167 Pages
Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? In the short story, "Where are you going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates, Connie flaunts her beauty to receive attention from the opposite sex and is lead to temptation. The antagonist Arnold Friend, who symbolizes the devil, shows how simple it is to take away your safe haven through sinister acts. Connie is split between how she acts and portrays herself at home, and how she acts whenever she is with her group of friends. Connie refuses to be like her mother and sister, because she feels she is above them due to her appearance. The short story is set in the nineteen sixties, a lot of what the characters are being described as wearing makes you notice it is not set in the modern day. Connie is a fifteen year old girl who likes to act older then her own age. At home her mother always compares her to her older sister, June. June is continuously praised at home by their mother and Connie is unable to live up to her expectations. Connie’s father is physically there but whenever it comes to being a parent emotionally, he is completely absent. Connie wants to be nothing like her mother or sister. Connie is a much conceded child, and is always checking her reflection in the mirror, which is a major annoyance to her mother. Connie’s family leaves her home alone one day to attend a Barbeque at her aunt’s house. While Connie stays home to tend to her hair. The mysterious man that she saw in a parking lot with her friend one
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