Never as It Seems Essay

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Never As It Seems Donald Taylor ENG125: Introduction to Literature Instructor Maria Rasimas April 26, 2015 Conflicts and literary techniques are present in any literature, including poems and short stories. Identifying them gives readers a more understanding of what the story is about. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, 1966 and “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor, 1953”, are two short stories that have a similar conflict, mainly individual against another individual, but their selfishness and pride created issues that neither saw coming until it was too late. In both literary stories, climax played an important part of determining the outcome of the conflict, the crisis rose to a rising increase in tension which in turn made the story’s turning point near the end. Fate played a secondary part, both girls were placed on an unusual situation in their lives where they had little or no control of. With the help of rising action, circumstances created a rising tension to bring fate to a higher level. Starting with “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Oates, the mother in this story, which was never given a name in this story, always saw her daughter Connie as less than perfect, a standard set by the older daughter June. "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." (Oates, 1966). In the teenager’s point of view though, she was just as willing to complain about how her mother treated her, “The teen years are often tumultuous for both girls and their mothers. Teen girls, who are socialized to stifle their anger and avoid confrontation, frequently take out their frustration on their mothers as the only safe and available targets.” Being that their father was away

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