Summary Of The Book 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'

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Mariah 2 March 2013 Leaving With Danger Growing up most of us has gotten caught up in our dreams and fantasies of what we thought like should be. Although there is always a point in time as teenagers when begin to realize the need to start to leave the fantasy life behind and mature into adult hood and live in reality. This familiar situation is just what Connie experiences in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” By, Joyce Carol Oates. The character Arnold Friend Offers Connie a sense of validation and a glimpse of reality and the true dangers that exist in the world. There are several reasons as to why Connie leaves with Arnold Friend. The reasons include; Connie wanted to escape from the expectations from her family to be more…show more content…
Throughout the story Connie feels that she has to be the person that her parents want her to be, so Connie ends up having two sides to her. One side of Connie acts a certain way at home and dresses more conservatively at home to please her family , the other side of Connie which is who she is acts a certain way and dresses in more revealing clothing when she is out with her friends or in public. To describe the two sides of Connie Oates states, “She wore a pull-over jersey blouse that looked one way when she was at home and another way when she was away from home (552).” The reason she left with Arnold friend is because he was symbolically a part who Connie really was, Arnold Friend gave Connie a feeling that she didn’t have to be what her family wanted her to be, that she could be herself. At the end of the story Oates shows an example of the acceptance that Arnold Friend offers her , Oates states, “Now come out through the kitchen to me honey and let’s see a smile, try it, you’re a brave sweet little girl and now they’re eating corn and hotdogs cooked to bursting over an outdoor fire, and they don’t know one thing about you and never did and honey you’re better than them because not a one of them would have done this for you”

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