"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
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This is an essay on Joyce Carol Oates', "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" It discusses several typical teenage behaviors that the character displays and compares these traits to a person known or observed in real life.
From the Paper:"Connie is fifteen. She's cute and she knows it. She does what cute teenage girls do, she constantly checks her own reflection in every mirror she passes, almost obsessively. You never see unattractive or shy girls do this, only the pretty ones. Only the ones who look perfect all the time. The ones who spend hours in their rooms primping and preening. Mary is sixteen and like Oates' character Connie, spends hours in the bathroom. She has to spend hours in order to use all of the beauty products that
fill the shelves and tub. There has to be at least eight different kinds of shampoo in the shower. Three have the words "extra sheen" on the label. Then there are at least five different hair conditioners. Next comes the body soaps. There are usually two solid bars of soap and about three bottles of liquid body wash of various fragrances, like strawberry, honey almond, and peaches and cream. Sleek new razors, not the ten in the pack cheap ones, and expensive shaving creams, again not the dollar brands, line the shower caddy. And there are always empty hair color boxes in the bathroom waste basket."
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