ENG -102 SHORT STORY PAPER #1 - English 102-NC33 Short...

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English 102-NC33 Short Story Paper 03.10.2010 Where are you going. Where have you been? Being a teenager is not an easy task as it may seem to some adults who refuse to even try to understand it. But teens actually have a different view of reality. They look at life with completely different eyes, which is the reason they should get the most attention from their family members when going through this important stage in life. But unfortunately, not all parents are good at doing so, and that result is confusion and being lost in the world of reality, when these youths are growing up. The short story of “Where are you going. Where have you been?” written by Carol Oates, sets a good example for a typical fifteen year old girl, Connie, and the life surrounding her that takes place in a typical, quiet town in the United States. Amongst her always demanding and unsatisfied mother, the “steady” and homely sister June, and her neglectful father, Connie separates her life into two different parts: “one for home and one for anywhere that was not home” (470). This emotionally unhealthy environment Connie lives in pushes her to act carelessly without looking out for her future and personal welfare. Going behind her parent’s backs, Connie hangs-out where older guys congregate and goes out with them from time to time. In acting upon this carefree and sometimes reckless lifestyle, Connie has no sense of danger or fear. She is deeply romantic, as shown by her awareness of popular song lyrics, but she is interested more in the concept of having a boyfriend than the boyfriend himself. She sees the boys who exhibit interest in her primarily as conquests who "dissolved into a single face that was not even a face but an idea"(471). 1
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I think this is a wonderful story and it can be very inspirational. Everyone can learn something from it, especially parents and teenagers. This is a true story of what goes on in the minds and lives of today’s youth even though it was written years ago. And it is the parents who are liable when these teenagers do not receive the proper attention and approval during a period in their lives when they need it the most. Carol Oats makes a very good point of her story for everyone who reads it. I liked the story throughout, and I think it was very well written. I was able to identify with Connie, be with her, and feel what was going through her mind the entire time. “Where are you going, where have you been?” caught my attention from the beginning. The story captures the reader almost from the beginning to the end. I knew something bad was going to happen to this young lady – Connie and I wanted to know what it was, so I kept on reading only to find out that I do not really know what happens to her. I’m just left with my own imagination, and to be honest I do like the ambiguous nature of this story. I would like to hope that all that happened with the protagonist was in a dream, and after waking up, she would take a moral
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Leopold during the Spring '08 term at Community College of Allegheny County.

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