Analysis Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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Connie is your typical 15 year old girl growing up in an American suburb during the 1960s. Moral and social conventions were being challenged during this decade and even issues such as feminism, sexual freedom, and adolescent sexuality were becoming hot topics of controversy. Connie is a good representation of adolescent sexuality. She depicts girls who are growing up too fast and making the transition from being daddy’s little girl into a young woman. Connie spends her time preoccupied in front of the mirror, making herself sexually attractive to get attention from boys. This works for Connie, however, she gets the attention from the wrong boy, Arnold Friend who is much older than she is. In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, I believe Arnold represents a fear all young…show more content…
In this story, its summer vacation for Connie. She spends her days around the house, avoiding her mother, daydreaming about the boys she has met, and glancing into mirrors any chance she got. Her mother always scolded her about it, “Stop gawking at yourself. Who are you? You think you’re so pretty?” (pg. 312). But Connie knew that she was pretty. She had blue eyes and long dark blond hair. She wore part of it pulled up on her head and puffed out and the rest of it she let fall down her back. Connie believed her mother was always on her case about it because her mother was no longer pretty. When Connie wasn’t home she spent several nights a week at the shopping plaza in town. Her friend’s father drops off her and her friend so they can walk through the stores or even go see a movie. The girls would wear shorts when they went out. I think this is a good representation of how times were changing and what was now socially acceptable for girls to wear. Just a few

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