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. Her older sister June, is the epitome of what her parents
A short story called “Everyday Use” is written by Alice Walker. The main character of the short story Mama is the narrator. It consists of a mother and her two daughters experiencing a change in their normal behavior during this story. The mother had a permanent change in character by refusing to let Dee have the quilts she was asking for. The character Mama decided that she had enough of her eldest daughter Dee(Wangero) getting whatever she wanted while her youngest daughter Maggie stood by in fear.
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You been?” is a story written by Joyce Carol Oates, as the story begins readers are introduced to the protagonist, Connie. A fifteen year old girl, who is rebellious, deceitful, somewhat vain and the black sheep of the family—characteristics that also expressed Connie’s want to be loved and accepted in a way she wasn’t from her own family. Oates takes readers on a journey with Connie as her character begins to develop, readers are introduced to Arnold Friend, along with the internal and external conflicts and the brilliantly placed symbolism throughout the short story. Oates protagonist Connie, is by birth a daughter and a sister, but is defining and valuing herself by her appearance and sexuality. “…she knew she was pretty and that was everything" (308).
Have you ever just been so fed up with life and just wanted to give up so that you won't have to deal with your problems anymore? Life just seems to be overwhelming. In the book Lessons Learned, I can connect and relate to the main character. I see similar hardships that the character and I have been through. In the novel, Keyshia goes through several problems such as not seeing eye to eye with her mother, being abandoned by her mom throughout her whole 15 years and not knowing her dad until the age 16, and her younger brother Mike being with a dangerous girl.
Miss Emily’s father passed away and, her first sweetheart deserted her. Nea is the main character in “Saving Sourdi”. She is a bony, hard working, fourteen year old girl who loves her older sister, Sourdi, very much. Miss Emily and Nae share their stubbornness and determination while also showing their differences. Miss Emily and Nae’s differences in their settings and family helps in foreshadowing how the story unfolds.
Connie's mother looked at her daughter with disgust as she talked down to her about her looks. This was because Connie could not live up to what her sister was. Connie’s family just wants her to be like her sister so much so that Connie was always compared to June; “June did this, June did that” (324). When Connie’s family leaves, she “sat with her eyes closed in the sun, dreaming and dazed with the warmth about her as if this were a kind of love, the caresses of love” in this way she feels as her family leaves her she dreams of what it would feel like to be loved (326). Connie feels this way because she has yet to feel love in such this way leaving her vulnerable.
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.
When the family stops for lunch at the barbeque stand, the grandmother again brought up the conversation about the Misfit and the people that were there agreed with her by saying people is not nice as they used to be. As the family got back into the car, the grandmother still tries to persuade bailey about going to the house with the secret panel in it. Suddenly, while Bailey was driving down the road, the cat that the grandmother brought on the trip (which no one knew about) after Bailey told her not to bring the cat jumped on his shoulder, which leads them to run off the road which causes the car to flip. After the accident, the grandmother still tries to manipulate Bailey by acting like she was hurt limping out the car for he would not be mad at her. The accident causes the family to stand on the side of the road and wave down cars.
The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is written by Joyce Carol Oates and talks about a girl named Connie who is a carefree fifteen-year-old girl. When she is faced with Arnold Friend, a man who is trying to flirt with her and tries to get her to his car, she does not want it. Connie did not expect this encounter and becomes afraid when she comes across Arnold. Connie, who made “. .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.
Sam Xiang Professor Luis Orozco English 28 18 June 2015 Intimacy family language In the short essay "Mother Tongue" by author Amy Tan she writes about her struggle with her mother's broken English. Amy compares her English to her mother's english. Tan describes their language as the language of intimacy because they understand each other. Many people did not acknowledge her mother's English because it was limited and broken. She started to become embarrassed and shameful of her mother's broken and fractured English.