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Connies characterizationin the short story Where Are You Going Where have you been affects the theme of who is to blame for the kidnapping by portraying Connie as a pretty girl to into herself a puerile teenager that cannot decide which path to take for her safety and a reluctant girl who ignores her mother This characterization makes Connie seem immature When Arnold gets to see Connie the ignorance and immaturity of Connie gives Arnold Friend the perfect opening to abduct Connie Connie is a pretty girl to into her own attractiveness that eventually gets her into trouble with a guy named Arnold In the beginning of the story Oates say that she had a habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other peoples faces to make sure her own was all right Oates In the world that we live in this desperation exploits a sense of immaturity because she believes everything revolves around whether someone is beautiful or not Additionally Connie obsession with herself is so great that she knew she was pretty and that was everything which makes Connie look immature Oates Connies clothes and infatuation with her own beauty symbolize her lack of maturity or knowing her true self which in the end enables her to getmanipulated by Arnold Friend Furthermore Connie had two personalities the one at home and the one with her friends and the guys Connies immaturity in the way she attires and behaves substantiates that Connie is the one to blame because of her personality and characterization The two personalities that differed from each other exponentially were exemplified in her clothing and how she made it look one way at home and a different one when she went out To prove myself even Oates explains that everything about her had two sides to it one for home and one for anywhere that was not home her walk which could be childlike and
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