Connie: When Reality Hits

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Tia Brown EN 1113-58 Mrs. Henderson 11 April 2012 Connie: When Reality Hits Many adolescents do not know the consequences of their actions when trying to be something that they are not. Adolescents may think they are ready and know what they are doing when it comes to making decisions about intimacy. Truth be told, they have the slightest idea of what intimacy is. In the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, the protagonist, Connie is being taught this lesson. Connie is an adolescent that need something to show her that she really does not fully understand when she coming off sexual to people it is not something that she need to do constantly because someone may come alone, like Arnold Friend, and put her up to the test. Many people question if Connie was daydreaming about her guilt over her sexual experience, or is it the reality that Connie has brought upon herself? Well, there are several reasons and evidence in the short story that suggest Connie is constantly daydreaming in the story. Connie’s mother always refers to Connie as being the one who think she is better than everyone. Connie never does anything, but daydream. Oates often compares June and Connie, and it always seem like June does more than Connie. One comparison from the story is “June did this, June did that, she save[s] money and…Connie couldn’t do a thing; her mind was all filled with trashy daydreams” (428). This quote shows that all Connie does is daydream. Furthermore in the story, Connie meets this guy name Arnold Friend. Since Connie always seems to be daydream of trashy things, Arnold Friend is someone from her imagination that teaches her a lesson about the life of intimacy. Connie would not really experience him in real life, but in her imagination it seems so real. In the story, Connie meets this boy name Eddie at a restaurant, but when

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