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He stared at her and then his lips widened into agrinThere he was watching her Hewagged a finger and laughedand said Gonna get you baby 852 Joyce Carol Oates Whereare you going Where have you been dramatizes a real lifecrime story based off a real life magazine The killer CharlesSchmid who like the storys villain was an older man whoprayed on young adolescent girls Oates is illustrating thatthe loss of innocence will always change ones perspective onlife and how family violence and youthful decisions can tieinto an uncertain feature Oates makes the examination betweentraditional and superficial pursuitsConnie is like any other fifteen year old teen rebellious knowit all bratty air-headed and full of awkward habits Conniehas two sides when shes home she dresses conservatively andwears little make-up to please her parents When Connie leavesthe house she changes up her appearance ties up her shirt toshow her midriff darkens her make-up to appear older all toattract moreattention from men Connie lacks the respect forboth her mother and sister and constantly bickers with themDeep down Connie harbors loves her mother but wont show itbecause hermom lacks affection towards her Connie feelsunimportant because her mother is constantly praising hersister Junes every action Connie uses her beautiful looksagainst her mother and sister by projecting an aura ofsuperiority not taking apart in doing common house work a womanshould be doing like laundry dishes keeping her room tidyshe believes its beneath her for unkempt women Connies motheris jealous because she used to be just as beautiful andthatswhy she favors JuneGet the hell out of here Im going to call the police859 Connie tries to asserts her dominance over thesituationShe tries to frighten Arnold Friend off bythreatening to call the police but he is able to use hismanipulative ways to convince her not to call the cops Connieis so traumatized by what Arnold is saying for the briefestmoment she is able to tune out Arnold manipulations Shestandsin the kitchen staring at
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