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There are many similarities between the short stories Good Country People by Flannery OConnor and Where Are You Going Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates most notably their characters Both stories contain a female protagonist and a male antagonist whose confrontations start out relatively normal and progress to more and more surreal and twisted endings The main characters Hulga and Connie are shockingly similar and yet strangely different Connie is a 15-year-old wishing to be older and beautiful and Hulga is a bitter 32-year-old wishing to be younger and ugly These stories tell the tales of impressionable women who are tempted by the delights of men only to prove to themselves in the end how na they really are In Where Are You Going Where Have You Been Connie started out as most teenage girls seemingly would - she wanted to be more daring to appear older and to experience more of the world She sneaks away from childish pursuits to the teenage or adult world Connie goes to drink and kiss boys rather than shop for school clothes Sometimes they did go shopping or to a movie but sometimes they went across the highway ducking fast across the busy road to a drive-in restaurant where older kids hung out 153 She talks of being beautiful as if it were her only good grace - beauty to Connie is the ultimate goal She wants to be older and more beautiful and this is her downfall Her foolishness and her being na is what appeals to Arnold Friend in the first place Arnold Friend a stranger entices Connie early on in the story She soon finds out that He was much older-thirty maybe more 158 but instead of becoming extremely frightened the only thing that happens is her heart began to pound faster 158 We are not told if she is afraid or excited at the realization that Arnold is much older than she
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