“Where are you going, Where have you been?”
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates is a maturation story illustrating a loss of innocence through the main character, Connie, whose rebellious choices propel her toward the dangers of the adult world Connie is a naïve fifteen year old girl who thought being attractive was the most important thing. She doesn’t look past her appearance and the opposite sex. (Oates) “She had a quick nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was right” (Oates).Connie thought looking mature and would be the way out. Oates says, “She knew she was pretty and that was her life." Connie isn’t like any of her friends or the type of girl you would encounter day to day. Connie is in search for independence from her family; but as a young teen she needs the adults who are in her day to day life. Her friend’s father, for example, has to play chauffeur and drive Betty and Connie to local places. She is certainly vain, always at ends with her mother. She often wishes her mother was dead. Connie views her life as something so miserable, most of the time she spends at home; she is in la-la land. Her mother constantly depicts her, always requesting for her to be more like her sister, the responsible one. "Why don't you keep your room clean like your sister? How've you got your hair fixed,what the hell stinks? Hair spray? You don't see your sister using that junk." With her mother constantly stating things that would make June as the better of the two daughters, a great deal of hatred develops between Connie and her mother (Oates). Connie has a misconstrue notion on what it is like to be an adult. Her desperation to be much older or look older is Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been." “Everything about her had two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home”(Oates). When...
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