Nenny believes if you do not get hips you turn into a man. Esperanza fears her sister being made fun of so she comes to her defense saying that hips are scientific and that bones tell you the difference between man and woman. As they continue to play double-dutch, they decide as a group to make up their own individual rhymes. Everyone is able to complete this task except for Nenny. The innocence of young girls is shown in this vignette.
All these feelings become visible to readers when Connie’s attitude changes upon being freed at the mall with her friends. As soon as she leaves her family and is treated more maturely than perhaps she actually is, many of her apparent wants seem satisfied. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she has only tasted one small, sweet portion of adulthood, and her parents are
In one commercial John tries to explain the perks of a new car. Doug has another issue on his mind, a back scratch. While John talks to the customer, Doug mocks him, and asks the customer to rub his back with a lint roller. As she rubs Doug goes into an orgasmic fit, shouting out random phrases and names like George Washington, and I love America! Its all fun and games until the woman’s boyfriend shows up, and John is left to repair the awkwardly tattered situation.
Connie had a psychological dream vision and imagined all the events that had taken place. The dream vision is as psychological way of leaving her adolecents behind, and being thrown into the realization of the dangers of the real world. Connie, in the short story, is an adolecent in the midsts of rebellion trying to prove to she is no longer a girl, but instead a young, independent woman. Connie is always being compared to her older, placid sister, obedeient sister, June by her mother. Connie, desperate to seperate herself from her sister June, does her best to make herself appear older and more mature than she really is.
Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a story about a young girl named Connie who starts out being superficial and selfish and ends up in a horrifying situation she must accept unless she wants her family to be in the same horrifying situation. It is a terrible decision for a teenage girl to make, but she does, and she leaves with the mysterious Arnold Friend. There are many different explanations and theories as to why she left with Arnold, what happened when he was at her house, and who Arnold Friend truly was. Joyce Carol Oates left “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” with countless ideas about countless parts of the story. There are very heavy biblical theories about the nature of this story, and many thoughts on Connie’s teenage promiscuity and her assumed rape at the end of the story.
In the story “The Payoff” by Susan Perabo, the narrator Anne is drawn into a scheme well beyond her years. As a sheltered young girl she is acutely aware of her naïveté of the complexity of adult life and adult relationships. But after stumbling upon her principal and young art teacher in a sexual act, Anne by the urging of her more mature best friend Louise, joins in the plan to blackmail them for just twenty dollars. Louise is obviously an influence on Anne and pushes her in a direction Anne knows would make her parents disappointed. However, she agrees to the plan without much resistance, probably because she is fascinated by the sexual relationship she now finds herself innocently involved in, unbeknownst to the adults involved.
Life as Plastic Both today and yesterday's society have created a mold that young women are expected to fit in to. Tall, tan and slender girls are often looked at as the beautiful members of society. The positive and wonderful qualities of both women and men are often overlooked because of physical appearance and image. Marge Piercy accurately portrays the unreachable standards placed on women to be beautiful from adolescence into adulthood by her use of fluctuating tone and effective symbolism in her poem “Barbie Doll”. The poem follows a young girl from her childhood to her adulthood in a third person omniscent point of view.
Now that’s growing up without a childhood. Jane Smiley seems like a great parent who cares about her children but to allow her daughters to put on makeup even entering their teenage years just isn’t right. Her girls where prematurely growing up, where behaving beyond their age, and with their only priority being beautiful at all times it seem to help them in the long run. As they burned off the “Barbie stage” and grew into more important things down their lives. Like for example Smiley talks about her older daughter, “Now she is planning to graduate school and law school and become an expert on woman’s health issues, perhaps adolescent health issues like anorexia and bulimia” (377).
Connie talks about how “everything about her has two sides, one for home and one for everywhere else.” To me that shows that at home she is still a child but everywhere else she is treated like an adult. The setting in this story shows the different areas where Connie is treated as a child or as an adult. Her home with her family shows a place where she is treated as a child. The home represents a safe place for her. She can act like a child, be lazy or rude and she is still going to be
Later on we see the horrendous outcome of her struggles. Glinda, the beautiful, ditzy dumb blonde, popular, and ambitious girl, who manages to ignore the most important things occurring around her to maintain her perfect life. It’s not till the end that she truly began to show some wisdom. These unlikely friends and college roommates, who struggle with opposing personalities and point of view, enmity over the same love, to the corrupt government of the wizard, and ultimately, Elphaba’s fall from kindness. Another strong theme is the conflict between good and evil.