Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Essay

1181 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
In short fiction, characters will go through a series of events causing them to question or reflect upon their life or the world around them. Most of the time, these characters will go through some sort of change, either positive or negative. However, in some cases characters will go through these life-altering events and not change at all. In the story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Connie struggles with wanting to be an adult, but is also scared of what that means, until her moment of transformation where she decides that she wants to leave and go with Arnold Friend. Connie’s transformation is her deciding that she does not want to be a child, in a family who do not understand her, anymore. Instead she chooses to go with Arnold Friend so she can do what adults do without the judgements and rules that her family puts in place. It is necessary to evaluate all the aspects of the story, such as what is happening to Connie internally and what is happening in the world around her, to fully grasp what the moment of transition is for this character, what its significance is and what brought her to that moment.
When the main character, or protagonist, does not change in a story, that can mean that the author is trying to make a point that this character is too stubborn, immature or not psychologically ready to face these changes. In this story, Connie is reluctant at first to go with Arnold Friend and in a sense become an adult. She feels secure and safe in the…

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