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Who are we conflicting desires In the story Where are You Going Where Have you Been written by Joyce Carol Oates we encounter a young girl Connie on the verge of the confusing adolescent years Torn between who she is and who she wants to be her conflicting desires leave her in a strange position Connie desires to be the good little girl yet desires to go a little crazy be a little flirty and catch the coveted attention of those beings of the opposite sex cloud her judgement Connie like the typical adolescent coming of age hunts to find that happy medium between angle and wild child It is these conflicting desires that in the end are young Connies downfall However looking at the facts in the story and comparing them to our own young adolescent experiences we are left wondering if whether or not this was truly a downfall to Connie or if it was something she actually wanted Connie leads the typical early teenage life a life filled with young friends and shopping malls smothering parents and wondering thoughts of boys Connie actually lives two lifes For instance Connies whole attitude about things changes when she leaves her parents and her home Everthing about Connie changes from her clothes and hair to her walk and ever her laugh 426 Connie wants to appear sexy to the boys and is so consumed with looking good that she glances at every mirror she passes Connie enjoys being the eye candy of the high school boys alot more than she lets on outwardly This brings on Connies major source of her problematic thinking which is that of every every teenage girl boys To a teenage girl
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