Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Essay

1318 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 null Page
At their youngest ages, girls especially start to slip their tiny feet into their mother’s high heels, or start to over apply lip gloss they find laying around. Little girls can’t wait to grow up, but when they look back, they will see that time flew by. People can be in too much of a hurry to grow up sometimes. They want to become teenagers then move out, then start a family. People rush all these things before they take a step back and realize that they should have taken their time. One who is especially in too much of a hurry to grow up is the character Connie from the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates.
Connie is the main focus of this short story that shows us her constant desire to be separated from her own family. She makes an obvious effort to do so through many of her actions: she is fascinated about her looks, picks on her older sister, hangs out with friends, flirts with boys, listens to radio music, and explores her sexuality.
Connie wants all the attention she can get. She makes sure that everyone notices her. “She was fifteen and had a quick nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors, or checking other peoples faces to make sure her own was a right.” Connie is obsessed with the way she looked, she knows she is beautiful and wants to make sure everyone else knew it too.
Someone who had not thought as much of herself was Connie’s older sister, June. Connie is compared to June her entire life. “"Why…

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