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In the short story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates 1966 there are many indicators that Connie may have committed suicide Oates wrote this story about the Bob Dylan song Its All Over Now Baby Blue which deals with a similar story line Oats begins by letting the reader know how unhappy Connies home life is She then gives many clear signs of Connies depression and several hints of suicidal thoughts Drawn by the urgent insisting pounding of the music590 Connie finally gives into the strong hold death has over her and commits suicideThroughout the story Connie is very unsatisfied with her home life Jealousy makes Connie angry with her sister because their mother places June on a pedestal Her mother also hurt her by constantly expressing her disappointment in Connie By continually comparing Connie with her sister who can do no wrong the mother proceeds to push her daughter over the edge Connie is upset with her father because he pays no attention to her He didnt bother talking much to them but around his bent head Connies mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over 580 This clearly depicts the feelings that Connie has towards her mother and father and is the first clue that she is contemplating suicideThe suicidal implications continue as the story progresses Connie changes into a completely different person when she is out with her girlfriends Everything about her had two sides to it580 This is a clear sign of insecurity in teenagers The idea of suicide finally manifests itself while she is with Eddie the boy she met at the drive-in restaurant While the story doesnt specifically say suicide is what is on her mind a representation of death is used in the form of Arnold Friend But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a
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