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Connie´s Coming of Age Essay

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M K Cantrell D. Hicks English 1102 6 November 2013 Connie's Coming of Age In her famous short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," Joyce Carol Oates shows the transition from youth to adulthood through her personality Connie. Each person undergoes this transition in their own way and time. For some it's leaving home for the very first time to visit school, for others it might be having to step up to your leadership position. No matter what, this transition impacts everyone; it only happens to everyone differently. Oates describes Connie's unfortunate coming of age in a much more violent and unexpected manner than a coming of age story for a fifteen year-old girl. Connie has the need to be viewed as older and as more older than she actually is, all of the while still displaying childlike behaviour. She reveals this childlike behavior by "craning her neck to glance in mirrors [and assessing other people's faces to be sure her own was all right" (Oates 323). This shows that Connie is quite insecure and requires other people's approval. Although on one side she's very childish, on the other side she has a strong urge to be treated like an adult. This longing for adulthood is part of her coming of age, and is demonstrated by her going out to "bright-lit, fly-infested restaurant[s]" and meeting boys, staying out with those boys for 3 hours at one time, and clinging to her parents about where she has been and that she has been (Oates 325, 326). "Everything about her ha[s two sides to it, one for home and one for anyplace that was not home" (Oates 324). Her bodily moves represent her two-sided character: "her walk which could be childlike and bobbing, or languid enough to make anyone think she had been hearin...

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