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In both in Katherine Mansfields The Garden Party and in Joyce Carol Oatess Where Are You Going Where Have You Been the quest and discovery of maturity overcomes the conflicts in families and the difficulties of family control Once a young person crosses the frontier from youth to maturity a new perspective will emerge regardless of their family background and valuesIn Where Are You Going Where Have You Been Connie tries to create a mature sexual older look when she was out with her friends The image Connie creates translates into even her makeup her mouth which was pale and smirking most of the time but bright and pink on those nights out 370 to polish off the look Connie in trying to find herself as a mature woman comes off as a child What Youre crazy 379 Connie replies as Arnold Friend expresses his love to her Similarly Laura in The Garden Party tries to convey a calm mature and collected allure while she too hasnt crossed the threshold of true maturity When Laura meets the workmen in her garden Laura tried to look severe but instead she was ashamed and stammered like a little girl 185 Connie and both Laura are on a persistent quest to find the look of maturityThe pair of girls families makes it very hard for the girls to find maturity in the conflicts of the mother daughter morals and values Stop the garden-party My dear Laura dont be so absurd Lauras brother cant seem to grasp the fact that Laura wants to stop the garden party even with the death of a close neighbor 191 Lauras mother behaved just like Jose her two family members did not have Lauras compassion as to stop the snobbish garden party She seemed to be different from them all Lauras family value social gatherings while Laura ditches her upbringing and decides to value compassion 195 Just as Laura ignores her
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