What Is A Broken Family In Where Are You Going Where Have You Been Essay

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Family is defined as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family. Family is also who you learn about the world from before going out and interact with others. Your views on life, politics, ideas, religion, and different races all stems from what you learn from your household. Family is there to support, guide, and teach you. But, above all things families are supposed to love and show love to one another. The effects of a broken family can vary. In some cases a broken family can lead to broken people. A broken family can be looked at as a broken home, where a child does not have both parents at home. In “ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, the main character Connie in a way does not have both of her parents. Connie has a father who could honestly care less about her and what she does. The author shows this when she says, “ Their father works a lot and rarely talks to his daughter's.” The story shows that the father is involved when Connie's best girl friends father drives them to the shopping plaza. Connies father was always and work and when he came home all he wanted was his supper. Then he would read the newspaper…show more content…
Connie is constantly compared to her old sister June. For example, her mother says, “Why don't you keep your room clean like your sister? How’ve you've got your hair fixed-what the hell it stinks? Hair Spray? You don't see your sister using that junk.” Connie’s mother urges her to be neat and more responsible like her older sister, June. June receives constant praise for her maturity, whereas Connie just gets insulted and nagged. Being compared to your sibling can cause you to feel inadequate and worthless. The thought of you not being good enough would always be popping into your
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