Comparing The Movie, And Once Upon A Time By Nadine Gordimer Essay

989 Words Mar 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Jessmin Marie Gaerlan
Engl 1B – Tomb
Compare and Contrast Essay The two stories I have decided to compare and contrast from one another were Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates, and Once Upon a Time by Nadine Gordimer. I do not support the parenting styles of Connie’s parents in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? nor of the parents mentioned in Once Upon a Time. I have found that discouraging children through words, having a lack of communication and effort in the relationship, and thinking you are protecting your child by sheltering them from knowledge of the real world are unhealthy choices when it comes to parenting your child. I believe the way a child goes about the world starts with the environment and actions that are exposed to them through their parents. Therefore, it is the parents’ responsibility to be positive and truthful parental figures for their children. One of the texts from Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, Oates said, “…Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother were dead and she herself were dead and it were all over” (70). This is an example of how parents should not make their children feel. I have been in Connie’s shoes many times before and resented my parents for making me feel totally low about myself, even suicidal. I believe parents have a huge responsibility when it comes to how good or bad their children think and feel about themselves. Parents should fill their children up…

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