Where Are You Going Where Have You Been By Joyce Carol Oates Essay

1710 Words Mar 10th, 2016 7 Pages
In the short story “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, the plot revolves around a young narcissist named Connie. Connie is a 15 year old normal teenage girl relatively speaking. She has no interest in responsibility and often dreams of the Disney-like life of a beautiful girl being met by an extraordinary man. Connie’s desire to be rebellious, her desire to be better than others, and her desire to be noticed are the focus of this story. Despite the similarity in these, there are very key differences that reflect the immaturity and indecisiveness of young Connie. Finally, Connie’s final ultimatum, in disguise of a scary stalker scenario, reflect which desire wins out. Connie has a god complex due purely from her looks. In the story, not only is this hinted at, it is bluntly stated with “She knew she was pretty and that was everything” (Oates 145). Perhaps only due to so societies conditioning, but Connie believes she can walk in adulthood. She desires to escape the shadow of her sister. However, she cannot accept her sister, June, because she is jealous of June 's progress. June is not as pretty as Connie, nor is June arrogantly setting the world on fire. She still lives with her mother, not the amazing man of her dreams that whisked her away in luxury due to her otherworldly beauty. June 's road map to success has been a boring, mundane matter that Connie dreads. Connie is, after all, a 15 year old who is kept on a leash when her parents are…

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