Illusion versus Actuality in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Where Are You Going, Wherever Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates contains a constant theme of reality and fantasy working parallel to get 15 year old Connie. This kind of short story begins having a description of Connie's vain personality. The narrator details her as pretty and self-centered (Oates 421). To emphasise her selfishness, Connie is usually contrasted with her sister, June, who is chubby, plain, and well-behaved. Connie's mom always good remarks June for her work ethic and help around the house, although says Connie can't do anything due to " trashy daydreamsвЂќ. There isn't a great deal of father figure in Connie's life due to her father staying away for work most of the time and detached when he is home (Oates 422). This can be one of the many reasons behind Connie's requirement for male interest. Her romance with her family seems to contrast just how Connie visualizes her own life. At the young age of 15 Connie isn't sure if she still desires to be a child or advance to a woman. The narrator states, " Everything about her had two sides to it, one particular for home and one intended for anywhere that was not house: her walk that could be childlike and bobbing, or languid enough for making anyone believe she was hearing music in her head, her mouth that has been pale and smirking quite often, but bright and red on these types of evenings out, and her laugh that was cynical and drawling at your home вЂ“ вЂHa, ha, very funny' вЂ“ but high-pitched and stressed anywhere else, just like the jingling from the charms on her braceletвЂќ clarifies her inner turmoil of the adolescent developing into a woman (Oates 422). While at house, Connie desired to still be seen as an child, yet outside of her family's eye, she searched for to be sexually desired and popular. To remain these two planets separate, Connie constantly is placed to her mother about her whereabouts and who she is spending time with. Connie and her close friends are dropped off at the mall and then stroll to a near by hangout place...
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