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In the short story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oats Connie has one foot in the adult world and one foot still in childhood Connie wants to be treated like an adult and have the privileges of an adult but she still wants the benefits of being able to be carefree Connies home life establishes why she is like this First Connies mother is always on Connies back nagging comparing her to her older sister June who is twenty-four and still living at home Connies mother seems to always have a snide remark towards Connie Why dont you keep your room clean like your sister Howve you got your hair fixed- What the hell stinks Hair Spray You dont see your sister using that junk Lawn 406 Connie seems to be in the shadow of her sister as if she can never satisfy her mother Connie is too young and innocent to realize she is putting herself in danger Walking around that shopping plaza in their shorts and flat ballerina slippers that always scuffed the sidewalk with charm bracelets jingling on their thin wrists they would lean together to whisper and laugh secretly if someone passes by who amused or interested them Lawn 407 Never once did she think her childish ways of flirting were going to get her into trouble She wants the freedom that older kids have but it comes at an expense Connie thinks she is full-fledged going to the drive in restaurant by the way she dresses and acts but little does she know it is going to get her in trouble and trouble she cant handle She dresses scantily giving off this image of being promiscuous which guys are looking to take advantage of When Arnold Friend at the restaurant looked at her and said Gonna get you baby Lawn 408 She was tantalized by his good looks she smiles but doesnt
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