Being as naïve as a 15 year old girl, Arnold "Fiend" is able to lure her out of her house and into his car. Inspired by a true story, this piece is a twisted tale of manipulation and pure evil. Connie in this transitional stage from girlhood to womanhood, looks to her jealous mother for guideance she will not receive. Joyce Carol Oates in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" illustrates that the innocent and naïve will often get taken advantage of. In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", a 15-year-old girl named Connie struggles with living up to the expectations of her parents.
One of Connie “trashy daydreams” “Where are you going, where have you been” is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1966 about a young girl 15 year-old girl named Connie. In the story Connie is boy crazy and very into her looks. She is young and beautiful and because of this her relationship with her mother is strained with jealousy. She is left home alone one day while her family goes to a barbecue and a man by the name of Arnold Friend pulled into her very long driveway and tries to convince Connie to get in the car with him. After saying no, Arnold continues to push her and say disturbing sexual things and eventually she goes with him, because if she doesn't then he will kill her family.
He called both of them over to him but they were not sure what to do. “As Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man I accepted his invitation reluctantly, but I followed Dill” (Lee 267). When they began to talk they found out that what he was drinking was coke and not alcohol, like people assumed he was and that he was a really nice man who just didn’t want to deal wiht the world around him. Scout’s neighbor Boo Radley had never gone outside before and shown his face. This made the town talk and they made up stories about why he never came out.
.sure her own [looks were] all right” (988), wanted to become independent and do things that not every girl her age does, faces a male who wants her, but she does not want him, she begins to become afraid. The story shows that Connie was not prepared for Arnold Friend’s despite her actions beforehand. Connie is the opposite of her sister, June. June is a goodie-to-shoes while Connie wants to be her own person. Her mother always nags on Connie saying that she should be like June who follows the rules and is a good role model.
Hulga fits all of those categories in a way, she had a limp because she did not have a leg, she was not physically ugly, but the way she thought of herself was, and she was undesirable because she did not take care of herself properly. “One of her major triumphs was that her mother had not been able to turn her dust into Joy…” (O 'Connor 484), this could mean that with name decision Hulga had made her mother could not turn it into something positive, because once something is dust you can not turn it back into its original form. Hulga’s name change symbolized that she was not the same girl she once was or she would be. In addition, the author inserts Vulcans name to compare him to Hulga’s
While Connie and Eddie were talking an odd man pulled up aside Connie, his name was Arnold Friend. Later that night she reunites with her friends and leaves the restaurant. One Sunday Connie’s parents and sister went to a barbecue, but Connie decided to stay home. That night she saw a car pull into the driveway it was Arnold Friend. He starts to make conversation with Connie and she is completely uninterested.
One may believe that he needed attention from his parents other than, going to upscale restaurants and the luxurious cars. The outlook would be that Brian’s life was indeed fascinating. However, life did not last long for Brian. Dead at the age twenty-two, Brian, did not accomplish much. He only lived for the moment, but did not cherish them.
But since she is getting older, she has started coming of age. And Coming of age is not something that happens quickly it is a gradual experience that happens overtime.Esperanza’s coming of age experience is full of misunderstandings, letdowns, and scaring moments, Thus making it the worst and most confusing part of her life. For instance when she and a group of girls were talking about their hips and about how they are going to be coming in soon.The hips are a symbol of them becoming women. But Nenny does not seem to care as much as esperanza and all the other girls do. “Nenny, I say, but she doesn’t hear me….”[Cisneros 52].
Adele Ratignolle’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is a perfect mother-women. Edna Pontellier’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is not a perfect mother-women for many ways. Edna Pontellier is not a perfect mother because “Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-women”(Chopin, 10). This quote means that Edna Pontellier is not a good mother/wife because she is not that of a women who would worship their children ,and their husband.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a novel regarding Melinda Sordino, a 14 year old girl, who gets raped at the end of summer party. Melinda ends up calling the police, causing all of her friends to absolutely despise her. The story begins as Melinda arrives to her first day of 9th grade friendless, receiving dirty looks from everyone in the halls. Her once happy personality, entirely transforms into the opposite. “I cry to let everything out” Initially, Melinda befriends Heather, a new girl to the school, but later Heather realizes that Melinda being her friend ruins her social reputation.
Not very close to her family members, she sort of ignores them and does her own thing and she also has very little conversation. Her mother and she have tension and her father rarely sees her, he works and sleeps “Stop gawking at yourself, who are you? You think you’re so pretty” (Oates page 4). Connie mostly keeps up with her own personal life more than