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Connie The Big Dumb Horny Daydreamer When one looks at this title there is no doubt that it is an eyecatcher and that it must suggest some good points on a story Connie in Joyce Carol Oats Where Are You Going Where Have You been imagines that Arnold friend comes over to get her Although Arnold Friend seems to be real to the reader and to Connie he his friend and his car are all just imaginary in one of Connies daydreams There are many instances in the story that suggest this as well Connie is a young girl of fifteen who is sexually active and doesnt seem to care much for any of her family She is almost self-centered by the way she gawks at herself knowing that she is pretty p702 Throughout the story we find out that she is a daydreamer who seems to worship the music she listens to The part of the story that tells us that Arnold Friends visit is imaginary is when she leaves her sun-bathing moment in the backyard to go inside for a while She turns on the radio and listens to the music for an hour and a half p704 At this point she falls asleep because a girl that daydreams all the time would fall asleep to the music From this point on everything about Arnold Friend and all of the little events seem a bit dreamy There begins an awkwardness when Arnold shows up and Connie stands in the doorway she notices that the other boy in the golden car hadnt even bothered to glance at her Lit 705 As a matter of fact we cannot tell for sure wether or not he takes notice of her or of what is happening because one cannot tell which direction the eyes are pointing through sunglasses But in anycase he sets the oddness for the dream just by being in his own little world
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