Essay on Analysis Short Stories

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Analysis of Two Short Stories
Laura Cutler
Ashford University
Introduction to Literature
Instructor Rivera
March 2, 2015

Analysis of Two Short Stories
A literary analysis is important to assist a reader in knowing how or why an author writes a particular piece of literature, whether it is a poem, short story, novel , play, informational piece, etc. and then have the ability to relate to it as an individual. In the short stories 'Sweat' and 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been' the characters are from different walks of life, they both encounter conflict of: individual versus self, individual versus individual and individual versus society; many literary devices create theses stories that include the author's point
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For the reader of today a person can see the continuation of the advancement of women in society and the respect given to them along with people being education about sexuality and how they should behave. There are several characters and outside influences that create the conflicts the women encounter which enables the reader to come to various conclusions about the main characters, such as: Connie's mom who appears to have normal struggles of a parent and a teenage child, a Connie not liking the image her mother's portrays , also does not like the way her mother talks to her (this can be interpreted by the reader as Connie being a typical teenager, not liking authority or type of mental abuse); she believes that things are better elsewhere and determine not to be like her mother; this is shown when "Connie's mother never seems to speak kindly to or of Connie, and Connie doesn't think too highly of her mother either. Once pretty herself, Connie's mother now "scuffl[es] around the house in bedroom slippers," an image of married life that Connie doesn't want in her own future" (Oates, 1966). Arnold Friend who "the driver's glasses were metallic and

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