Teenage Rebellion - Original Writing Essay

1455 Words Apr 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Teenage rebellion; when you hear the phrase you think dyed hair and facial piercings. In the 1960s rebellion bore a different face. Still clad in lady like, long skirts and matching sweaters young girls like Connie from the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” manage to rebel. “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 83) Connie was a young and impressionable girl who was too concerned with appearances. “... she was pretty and that was everything” (Oates 83). Connie wanted to be beautiful, to be popular and to go out, things every fifteen-year-old wants. However for Connie this will lead her into more trouble than she ever signed up for.
Connie went out to the shopping plaza with her friends, they met up with boys and she never paid attention. She spent too much time with her face in a mirror and too little time watching her surroundings, this how Arnold Friend found her. One unlucky day when Connie is home alone after what could be months of Arnold watching her and her family, he comes to her house to take her for a ride. “In fact, critics generally interpret "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" as Connie 's initiation into evil, and in the ending of the story they discover Connie 's capitulation to the shallow values of a debased culture.” (Wesley 255). Like Wesley I disagree; I do not believe she is…

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