Oates makes it very clear that Connie is very concerned about her looks and associates all hope and happiness with the way she looks and the attention she will receive because of what she wears and how she acts. Within the first sentence of the short story, Oates introduces readers to Connie by saying, “Her name was Connie. She was fifteen and she had a quick, nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people 's faces to make sure her own was all right” (Oates). This quote displays Connie 's longing for self perfection. Readers can infer that because Connie is constantly being put down by her family, she feels that she needs to look elsewhere for attention, and resorts to perfection as a way to get attention from other people, particularly older boys. Connies underdeveloped psyche also plays a role in this. A major reason for Connie 's promiscuous actions is her distant relationship with her
Controlled by bells, a Lowell woman’s 11-hour work day began before dawn and ended after 6:30 in the evening. These bells were a constant reminder that their lives were centered on work, not their family. Developing a family and investing in the domestic culture is a key aspect of True Womanhood. By turning away from this family focus, women were straying from the True Womanhood ideals.
In the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” the author Joyce Carol Oates, tells a breathtaking story about a teenage girl named Connie. Connie is faced with an earth-shattering situation with a stranger who is known as Arnold Friend throughout the story. To the reader of the story, Connie could be seen as hopeless and self-absorbed, who is looking for someone to accept her. She uses her beauty to make herself feel mature and get the boys attention. However, when Connie ran into Arnold, her beauty only made her look like an easy target. Throughout the story, the character’s reactions made it clear to the reader Connie’s earth-shattering experience was only part of a dream.
The Lowell textile mills were a new transition in American history that explored working and labor conditions in the new industrial factories in American. To describe the Lowell Textile mills it requires a look back in history to study, discover and gain knowledge of the industrial labor and factory systems of industrial America. These mass production mills looked pretty promising at their beginning but after years of being in business showed multiple problems and setbacks to the people involved in them.
She feels like she must fill the void her father left in her life due to him never being there. “Their father was away at work most of the time and when he came home he wanted supper and after supper he went to bed” (126). Her father did not fulfill the role of a strong male figure in her life so she is looking elsewhere. If Connie’s father had shown her the love she craved, then she might not have fallen into Arnolds trap. Arnold plays off the void in her life by convincing her he will love her. “I'll have my arms tight around you so you won't need to try to get away and I'll show you what love is like, what it does” (133). He tells her he can save her from the boring, dejected life she is currently living in and that with him, nothing will ever be boring. Arnold tells Connie “your daddy’s house is nothing but a cardboard box I can knock down anytime” (136). He knows that Connie’s relationship with her dad is dull, and barren just like a cardboard box, and he will break it down to save
The short story centers around the life of a beautiful girl named Connie and eventually, her vivid interaction with a man named Arnold Friend. Through descriptions of her actions and daily life, she
When Oates first introduces Connie's father, she writes “Their father was away at work most of the time and when he came home, he wanted supper and he read the newspaper at supper and after supper he went to bed. He didn't bother talking much to them, but around his bent head Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over” (Oates). This quote reveals two things to the reader; Connie has severe issues with the way her mother treats her and Connie does not have a well developed relationship with her father. The fact that Connie lacks a relationship with her father is the reason why she looks for attention from another male source which happens to be older boys that she randomly meets upon her nights out. Because of the poor relationship Connie has with her father she does not value herself or the way men treat her. This is made obvious to readers when Oates writes, “She spent three hours with him, at the restaurant where they ate hamburgers and drank Cokes in wax cups that were always sweating, and then down an alley a mile or so away, and when he left her off at five to eleven only the movie house was still open at the plaza,” (Oates). Connie goes on outings with these boys and tends to focus completely on what they want and puts very little value on her own wants or needs when it comes to men. This shows readers
One for at home with her family, and one for when she is out with her friends looking for guys. She loves that teenage boys and older men find her attractive. When she is not at home she walks and talks in a way to get the boys to notice her. She is trying to act more mature than she really is. She wants people to see her as a mature woman with experience. When in reality she just wants to look pretty for the boys, she has no interest in them perusing her sexually. Connie is a day dreamer and had this whole idea in her head of what romance and adulthood was. She really has no idea what adulthood is like and when the older man started showing her some interest sexually it terrified her. This man at her home was not her idea of romance or adulthood. However, she did not want him to know that. At first she was playing it cool, and she was calm. When the man started saying very sexual things to her it scared her, and she could not hide it. The man had Connie in a place where he knew he could get into her head and make her go with
Rebecca Harding Davis wrote “Life in the Iron Mills” in the mid-nineteenth century in part to raise awareness about working conditions in industrial mills. With the goal of presenting the reality of the mills’ environment and the lives of the mill workers, Davis employs vivid and concrete descriptions of the mills, the workers’ homes, and the workers themselves. Yet her story’s realism is not objective; Davis has a reformer’s agenda, and her word-pictures are colored accordingly. One theme that receives a particularly negative shading in the story is big business and the money associated with it. Davis uses this negative portrayal of money to emphasize the damage that the single-minded pursuit of wealth works upon the humanity of those who desire it.
Oates takes us to a journey of rebellion as the protagonist sorts through self-created illusion in order to come to terms with her own sexual inexperience. Connie’s desires for attention from the opposite sex, her vanity and immaturity blind her to think of the real intentions of guys, in this case Arnold Friend. A character that many critics argue is real, yet, others argue it was created by Connie’s mind.
Reading the story of Chopin "The Story of an Hour", we can understand and sympathize with women who is spending their won life in a society of inequality between men and women as well as we can see their desire of freedom is so strong but they have to pay for it by death, by their own life. Through the story, the author wants to convey such a desire of women; a crave of freedom, equality and a hope that the role of women in the family and society should be changed. However, the death of Mrs. Mallard is a sign of a failure and a standstill of a struggle that shows us the role of women still maintain as it is.