Essay for "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

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Skylar Wakarchuk
Ms. Luckhardt
September 18th, 2011
Oates, Joyce Carol. "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Literature and Ourselves, 6th edition
Gloria Mason Henderson, Anna Dunlap Higgins,
Bill Day, Sandra Stevenson Waller. New York: Pearson, 2009. 106-120
Have you ever been in a situation where you're invited to this big party and you tell your parents about it and they seem to be drowning you with questions about the certain topic like "Where's the party at?", "Who's going to be there?", "Will there be any adult supervision?" and other related questions. Parents ask these type of questions because they're concerned for your well being but in Connie's case she doesn't have to worry because her of her lack of relationship with her family.

Connie's father is very unhelpful with raising his children because he works during the day, arrives home late each evening, and as a result of his exhaustion, "reads the newspaper at supper and after supper he went to bed" (106). Since he has no intereaction with his children, he offers no guidance to Connie or her sister which leds to their mother taking both roles as both mother and father figure(s).

Now Connie's sister, June was described as "plain and steady," or the good girl who does things right and therefore builds the sibling rivialry between Connie and June. So, the relationship with June is also unpleasant because their mother praises June more often than Connie. Even though most people consider June a responsible adult, at the age of twenty-four, June still lived at home with her parents. Also, June was a secretary in the high school Connie attended which results that Connie has to hear June being praised all the time by her mother and her mother’s sisters. "June did this, June did that, she saved money and helped clean the house and cooked and Connie couldn’t do a thing, her mind was filled with trashy daydreams" (106).

The relationship that Connie...
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