Do you know anyone who keeps people at a distance to avoid getting hurt? Well Carley Connors, the main character from One For The Murphys written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, keeps people at a distance to avoid getting hurt. For example, in the beginning Carley lies to Toni, her friend, about her life. She lies about Mrs. Murphy being her mother, the boys being her brothers, and Mr. Murphy being her father. Carley then realizes that Toni won't hurt her so she tells her new friend about herself.
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.
While they’re warming up in the roadhouse, Tub confesses to Frank that his obesity is all his own fault, not hereditary, comparing his poor diet to that of a double life. Frank supports Tub and buys him four orders of pancakes at the roadhouse restaurant, encouraging Tub to gorge himself. When they leave the roadhouse, they see Kenny’s blankets had been blown off and decide to take them for themselves. They drive for a while and Tub remarks to Frank what the farmer told him about Kenny and the dog back at the farmhouse. Frank and Tub laugh together while in the back, Kenny continues to repeat his mantra, and it’s revealed that they’d been driving the wrong way to the hospital for a very long
Meanwhile, the thief had thrown away the brown bag and his gloves, and started to make his way back to the motel he was staying at. By this point, Mrs. Smith was really starting to freak out and considered calling the police when her husband walked up with their Dominos pizza, tickets to the Homecoming football game, a mum with his wife’s name on it, and some sunscreen. When he saw how distraught his wife looked though, he immediately found a place to set down all the things he had brought and went over to her. When he found out what had happened, they called the police, explained the situation, and then Mr. Smith brought Mrs. Smith over to a picnic table to calm down a bit and eat a little pizza. After they had eaten and Mrs. Smith was a little calmer, Mr. Smith pinned the mum on her to cheer her up and they went to go talk to the
While Connie is returning back to the plaza to meet her friends she glances to the side to see a guy with black shaggy hair. He makes a few comments saying that he is going to get her. On a Sunday Connie decides to stay home while her family goes to a barbeque. While she listens to music on the radio she hears a car pulling up the driveway. She encounters the guy with black shaggy hair introducing himself as Arnold Friend.
Oates allows the reader to step into Connie’s “dream world” through the appearance of Arnold Friend. Throughout the story, there are many instances: the illogical time and settings, the similarity between Arnold and Connie and the unrealistic events show that the meeting between Connie and Arnold Friend is a dream. The dream is also a preparation for Connie before she steps onto the stage of being an adult. Connie’s dream begins when she refuses to go to her aunt’s house for barbecue party. She stays home, and under the warmness of the sun, she begins her day dreaming about love and the boy she has met the night before.
She has to leave her family for a new one so she can be safe, even though not much was explained to her. Her brother dies and she will never see her parents again. Despite all of the tragic things that happen to her, she quickly develops a connection with her new father, Hans. She may be falling for Rudy, no matter how much she denies it in the beginning for she says she regrets not kissing him when he was alive. With an accordion in hand and an intriguing passion for words, Liesel discovers love and hate in her
In Oates’ story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, the story mainly focuses on the conflict and main plot of Smooth Talk. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” explains Connie’s relationship to her family members, basically describing that she’s a basic adolescent that desires to be treated like an adult but lacks the maturity and doesn’t want the responsibilities, still claiming her freedom (or at least attempting to). One Sunday her family leaves to a barbeque Connie refused to go to and a familiar stranger drives up to her house. A few nights before Connie and some friends had gone out to meet boys and Connie
We came off to have our dinner just before we went to the basketball game. Homeless people were all around the McDonalds ready to cash in their daily earnings on their dinner. I felt a sense of uneasiness walking back to the table, hoping nothing remotely odd would happen. There at the table were my three friends Will, Chris, and Richard. Will is a short for a guy his age and has a fairly high pitched voice as well.
In the story while she alone at home a car shows up and it is the guy she meet the other night and we find out his real name is, Arnold Friend. He shows her his car to her then asks her to ride with him. She say no but, Arnold wont take no for answer. After he tries to get in the house and tells her exactly what her family is doing she panics. In this part of the story we see how she really is.