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Draft #4 ENG101. 0770 In class we first read the short writing by Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”. Then we watch the movie adaptation, “Smooth Talk”, which was filmed about 20 years after the short story . I’ve personally enjoyed both materials which are very similar and enriched by allegories. It is described the daily life of the protagonist, Connie, a typical 15- year-old, who’s experiencing classic teenagers’ problems and is seeking to for her “first love”. In both the movie and the short story, she is social and outgoing and she often hang out with her girlfriends. Connie have a troubled relationship with her parents. Connie would do anything to meet up with boys, but from my point of view , she still seems very ingenuous and she is not aware of the kind of people they could run into. It is because of her inexpertness that, on a sunny Sunday, while and she was home alone, Arnold Friend, the antagonist, came into her life. It is from this point that the story start to have its climax. Connie is visited by an older man in a shining car. She doesn’t know him and she is sure they never met, even if from how he talks to her, he seems pretending that they are
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friend, like he even mentions when he’s showing her his car. He says: “I wanta introduce myself, I’m Arnold Friend and that’s my real name and I’m gonna be your friend, honey” (Oates 75). In my opinion, it’s clear that Arnold Friend is not his real name, and he want to get her attention and trust.
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