Character Analysis

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PAGE Haniya Faheem Professor Edmonson ENGL 102.0840 9/25/14
Character Analysis on "Connie" in "Where are you going, Where have you been?""Where are you going, Where have you been" is a famous story that was written by Joyce Carol Oates. In this story, Connie is fifteen years old girl and the main character. She seems to have always lived in her sister's shadow, June, who was apparently better all-around. Connie seems to be the more attractive of the two due to which she felt that her attractive personality would succumb to pleasure in the arms of a random boy. One day, she decided to stay home as opposed to going to a barbecue with her family. At that time, Arnold Friend, the antagonist in Oates' story drives up to Connie's house. Connie is a character that represents the nature of epiphany in literature. Through Connie, we learn how a character can have a highly significant impact on an important work of literature and the person reading the story. Connie's naïve understanding of the world and her immaturity led to her downfall in "Where are you Going, Where Have You Been?"In this classic tale, Connie is very young and naïve and it certainly doesn't help matters that she has negative influences in her life. Her own mother was a negative influence who corrupted her and led her to the path of the dark side, which would lead to her downfall. Considering the circumstance that "her mother had been pretty once too, if you could believe those old snapshots in the album, but now her looks were gone and that was why she was always after Connie." (Oates, 312) It has been demonstrated that Connie reminded her mother of herself when she was young, which made her own mother dislike her and favor the younger daughter, June.The story consists of two primary focus scenes: the world in which Connie flourishes in and the day that everything in Connie's world changes. The beginning of the story introduces the reader to the protagonist who is young Connie and the central point of the story. Connie is described by Oats as being a very pretty fifteen-year-old girl, who is definitely recognized as the embodiment of a typical American teenager. Her world is loaded with that of the typical American teenager such as fun, friends, rock and roll imagination and fantasy. She spends most of her summer meeting boys, going into town and hanging out with friends and listening to the music that she likes.Like most fifteen year old girls she values her friends and is interested in boys and having fun, "would lean together and whisper and laugh secretly" (Oates 313) Much like many teenagers, Connie apparently is living two lives: one that she shows to her family and another that is projected to her friends and peers. "Everything about her had two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home" (Oates 313). She seems to be at persistent chaos with her family, and does not seem to have any sort of emotional connection with them. She continuously lies...

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