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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates

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Luis Santiago-Rivera
Dr. Ken Untiedt
ENGL 200-006
October 2nd, 2017
Not a good thing to jump a step The adolescence is one of the most important stages of the human being. Even more important when it refers to sexuality, identity and family. Connie is a fifteen years old teenage girl who lacks of attention from her entire family. She is constantly annoyed by her mom and older sister. She spends time with her friends at a shopping plaza, where she sees a man in a gold convertible. A morning while she is by herself at the house, the gold convertible pulls into her driveway. Things does not go well and Connie asks the man to leave, but he refuses unless she comes with him. Arnold shares his sexual intentions and tells her not to use the phone. At the end, she realices that she is not going to see her family again and she walks away towards him. This is a short story called “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates. This short story shares three main themes: Fantasy versus Reality, Importance of Family and the free Will. Throughout the whole story, Connie tries to present an image of a mature women who has well experience with men. Here is where it comes the fantasy versus the reality. She has created an attractive woman, including the way she dresses and the way she behaves. An important factor about the way she behaves is the songs she listened to. The lyrics of those songs she is frequently listening to, images the reality of an adult
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