Where Are You? Where Have You Been? Essay

735 Words Nov 7th, 2016 3 Pages
where are you? Where have you been?
The protagonist of the story is a young teenage girl named Connie. Connie is the youngest of her siblings. She is often compared to her older sister, June, by her mother. The mother often makes remarks on Connie’s attitude, and lack of ambition. Connie is told she is full of herself, since she often admires her physical appearance. Her father rarely makes an appearance throughout the short story. As a result, Connie often seeks the life and attention outside of her home. In “Where are you? Where have you been? Joyce Oates illustrates the effects Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs love and belonging.
Connie, and I both shared the feeling of being compared to another individual. “Why don’t you keep your room clean like your sister? How’ve you got your hair fixed? – what the hell stinks? Hair spray? You don’t see your sister using that junk.” (389) In “Where are you? Where have you been?” Connies mom constantly harasses her with remarks about her appearance, and way of being. I myself have struggled with comparing myself to of my closest friends. Erin has always been very school oriented. She’s known she wanted to be a physical therapist since the first day of high school. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I realized that I would be pursing nursing. Since the day I met Erin I admired her determination, and persistence, and I always complimented those characteristics of her. Although I fell under my own scrutiny more often than I’d…

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