Character Analysis Of Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
First, Connie's mother continuously nags everything she does. Connie is always being compared her to her older sister June who is twenty-four and still living at home. It seems everything Connie does is followed by a spiteful remark from her mother. At one point Connie's mother states, "Why don't you keep your room clean like your sister? How've you got your hair fixed- What the hell stinks? Hair Spray? You don't see your sister using that junk"(153). The fact that this is written in the second paragraph of the story gives the reader immediate insight into Connie's behavior when she is with her friends later on in the story. At home she lives in her sister's shadow knowing her mother will never be happy with her. To avoid this outside of her house she assumes the role of an adult woman when she is where the older kids hung