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Fictional Short Story Essay

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Literature
Fictional Short story Essay

In the story “ Where are you going, Where have you been?” By Joyce Carol Oates the author interprets the life of a young American teenage girl who is living in a world that isn’t treating her the way she deserves it. Oates lets you visualize a young girl being nieve and manipulated. The author relates Connies life to many girls in the world who are innocently put in bad situations. The character Connie represents a girl being controlled in a bad position with very few choices to be made. The message to the story is to never trust anyone.
Connie is a character that is dynamic. She is a young, sweet, pretty girl who comes off very confident but ...view middle of the document...

Connies family dosnt accept her for who she is, this can cause her to act out and never want to be home. When teenagers are having a difficult time getting along with there parents they make wrong decisions in life. A huge percentage of young American teenage girls dont get the attention and love they need from there home. Most of the time when this happens girls will try and find love in other places looking for the wrong attention in friends and boyfriends. Having a close relationship with your parents is very important to growing up and dealing with lifes unexpected turns.
Almost every weekend Connie and a few of her girlfriends would go shopping or to the movies. Well at least thats where there parents thought they were, sometimes they woud sneak across the highway to the drive-in restauraunt where older kids hungout. When the girls were over by the restaurant a boy dross past Connie and her girlfriends saying "Gonna get you, baby".. My first thoughts were that he was being flirtatious or trying to claim Connie. Connie woke up the next morning suppost to go with her family to her aunts house for a barbecue. Connie wasnt interested in going and decided she woud stay home alone. " Connie sat with her eyes closed in the sun, dreaming and dazed with the warmth about her as if this were a king of love the caresses of love and her mind slipped over onto thoughts of the boy she had ben with the night before and how nice he has been, how sweet it always was, not the way someone like Jun woud suppose but sweet, gentle, the way it was in movies, and promised in songs; and when she opened her eyes she hardly knew where she was."(p.597)This to me interprets Connies imagination, how she wants to feel about her relationship with a boy. She focuses to much of her energy on boys instead of more important things in life. While Connie stood home she heard a car come up her drive way. She got up really fast and checked her self out before opening the door. At first she was puzzled and was unsure of who these two boys were parked in her driveway. She stood by the door, half-way with part of her body inside and the other out. The boy called himself " Arthur friend ". " I aint late, am I?"p(598). He acted as if they were already friends and had a date that evening. Arthur friend wanted to take Connie for a ride with her buddy Ellie Oscar. Who even really knew if that was really either of their names, and what they really wanted from Connie. She stood by the door going back and forth with Arthur friend about her coming out of the house into her car for a ride. " Just a ride sweetheart." I never said my name was Connie, she said."But I know what it is, I know your name and all about you, lots of things."(p.600). This to me shows Connie begining to feel suspicous about Arthur friend. Connie is giving Arnold friend a hard time about leaving the house and taking a ride with her. He starts to manipulate her thoughts. " Connie dont fool around with me. I mean -- I...

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