Essay on Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?

1182 Words Mar 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates is the story of Connie, a 15 year old Texan girl, and one fateful summer day. Through characterization and symbolism the author shows that often teenagers rush into the fantasy of adulthood, never expecting how real it can get. By using the summer to represent her fall from innocence, music to show how Connie feels, and her habit of checking her reflection to prove she’s still young and insecure- despite how she may act, Oates provides an intense look at how there is always more to what is going on than initially appears. Summer days are almost always reminders of relaxing days in the sun, good times with friends, perhaps a romantic summer fling. This day starts off much like one of those just described, her endlessly nagging family is out of the house, it’s warm, and she’s spending the slow day around the house enjoying herself. But everything changes one day. When an unrecognized gold car pulls into her driveway Connie immediately begins to worry, but oddly enough, not for her well being, but because of how she looks. This shows that Connie is still a child, at just fifteen what else should she be worrying about besides her looks? Yet she’s still desperate to prove to boys and her mother that she’s old enough to know what’s what. However, by the end of the story, the day is almost over, and she’s no longer worrying about her hair. Arnold quickly becomes threatening, and Connie begins to feel dizzy and…

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