She visited her friends who were just like her in many ways. Her best friend’s father used to drop them all to the mall as it was not safe if they all went alone to the mall. She belonged to a family that had many internal issues and problems. For example, her mom was jealous of her beauty and would always annoy her by comparing her with her elder sister. Connie’s sister was a simple girl but was not very pretty.
This is a haunting story of a young girl by the name of Connie who gives us a glimpse of teenager transitioning from childhood with the need for freedom and the consequences of her actions. Connie is described as a very attractive girl who did not like her role in the family unit. She was the daughter who could not compare to her older sister and she felt her Mom showed favoritism towards her sister. Connie is your average teen who loves music, going out with friends, and she likes the attention she receives from boys. During this time, Connie is also growing into her sexuality and is obsessing with her looks as she wants and likes to be noticed by the opposite sex.
Connie's mother and her own intuition attempt to protect her from the wickedness in society, but sometimes the allure of these enticements "cry 'to one' like a fire in the sun"(Dylan 613). The main characters name Connie is a fifth teen year old girl that is rebelling against her mother’s wishes. First off, Connie was not happy at home her father was away at work most of the time and didn't bother talking much to them according to the story so Connie didn't have a relationship with him. Connie found her happiness in fleeing with her friends by going to the plaza and daydreaming about boys. Connie usually goes wit... ... middle of paper ... ...en he was at her house, and who Arnold Friend truly was.
The title of the story comes into play at the end when she is leaving with Arnold. She does not recognize the town outside; she does not know where she is going. She realizes that all of the time she spent worrying about appearances was meaningless; she could not say where she had been, because her journey was only just beginning. In the beginning of the story we meet Connie, a fifteen year old girl living with her parents and older sister. Right away we see that Connie has a habit of checking her looks in mirrors and watching other people to see if they notice her and her good looks.
by Joyce Carol Oats can simply be seen as realism, a sad story of a girl taken advantage of. The beginning the story is about a normal family with a self-absorbed fifteen-year-old daughter. Soon after the introduction, the protagonist, Connie, and her friend sneak from the movies to the local burger shack where older boys are known to hang out. When rejecting the wrong man the story quickly turns for the worst, shifting from realism to allegory leading to symbolism of biblical references. It is about a young girl who does not necessarily get a long with her parents, she even rejects their company when invited to attend a family picnic with them.
Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding tells the adolescence struggling of 12 year old Frankie, who starts to feel that she is no longer a child anymore. However she does not quite feel like a grown young woman either. Frankie has been in a constant state of uneasiness and discontent since the spring and this state of mind of hers reaches to its peak in summer. She spent her summer wandering around the arbor thinking about life and the purpose of her being, watching older teenage girls both envying both despising and hanging out in the same old kitchen, playing cards with her 6 year old cousin John Henry and her housekeeper, Berenice. One of the main themes of this novel is the discomfort of adolescence.
The first act begins with Frankie Addams in the kitchen on a lonely day of summer with her Berenice Brown and John Henry West. Jarvis, her brother, is visiting for a short time to welcome his fiancée, Janice. This couple plans on getting married in the next following week. Frankie’s best friend left before summer and all the other girls are acting high and mighty because they are thirteen and Frankie is still twelve. They won’t allow her to join their clubs or games, mainly because she’s rude.
(Phelps & Warren 2012, 16-17). During the summer, she started her menstrual cycle and started wearing makeup; her family saw her as a different person. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 33). On her birthday, she was going to have a real birthday party but instead she went to a strangers house, gave the birthday money to him, and he brought back alcohol. After that incident she stayed at her friend Zizi’s house, but didn’t tell her mother where she was.
Everything happened one Sunday, that day Connie got up at eleven “washed her hair so that it could dry all day long” (71). According to Connie it was a hot and sunny Sunday. As she sees her family leave to the Barbecue at her aunts house, which she refused to go just to avoid being with kids running around and yelling. We all know its Connie’s worst mistake, now she gets to test Connie sits outside enjoying the sunny day and listening to music. We learn that music is her major weakness, it disconnects Connie from the real world, making her daydream and think of guys, in this case the author tells that she was thinking of everything she did with Eddie the night before and of how nice and gentle he was.
Connie not only struggles with her family, but also gets herself into a bind with a much older man named Arnold Friend. This story shows that there can be darkness even in the brightest places and that everything is not always how it appears to be. The story follows Connie where she struggles between good and evil. When she is at home she dresses, talks, laughs differently than she does when she is out. Her and her friends get dropped off at the movies, but they walk across the street to a restaurant where they will flirt with boys and listen to music.