Where Are You Going Where Have You Been Analysis

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Connie was a petite young girl with lots of friends but Arnold Friend was anything but her friend that day. The short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates (1966) is a very moving and eye-opening piece of literature. Connie wasn’t unintelligent but just easily influenced for several reasons. Lacking a good relationship with her parents, having her mindset only on a perfect body and image and craving so much attention and affection leads Connie into making a false decision which could affect her more than the audience expects. Since Connie believes life and love will be “the way it was in movies and promised in songs” but is shown it definitely isn’t, she’s left vulnerable with nothing and no one to guide her. Because Connie lacks a good relationship and solid foundation with both of her parents, it causes her to make irrational choices throughout her teenage years and poor decisions later on in the story. We can envision Connie and her parents relationship through, “Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she was dead herself and it was all over.” (Oates 1) This quote shows how much Connie really detests her mother. To wish death upon someone is one thing but to wish death upon someone as well as yourself and especially someone who you’re really supposed to have a…show more content…
Maybe in the end she really did want to go with Arnold Friend. Most teenage girls this day and age would know that he’s bad news and to steer clear from him but Connie finds any boy interested in her interesting. She loves when anyone shows affection towards her because she doesn’t get any attention from her parents and that’s something most girls are used to. If Connie didn’t have a constant crave for attention and affection, she may have seen that Arnold Friend wasn’t a good guy and would have chosen not to go with
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