And when I get thinking on a topic, it usually ends up with me slaving over a manuscript on my computer for an incredible amount of time, the result being this very speech. Even though most people consider her a responsible adult, at the age of twenty-four, June still lived at home. There are multiple interpretations of this story from different perspective. Oates draws on mythology, music, and modern culture in order to create her story. As she walks out to him, Arnold Friend praises Connie for making a sacrifice no one in her family would make for her, further bolstering this theory. One night, as usual, Connie and her best friend are dropped off at a mall by the friend's father. There is a brief intermission between the previous nights out and the family going on a little day trip.
They are on a quest to find themselves, and in search of a path that will lead them to future happiness. She was pretty taken in by this character who was described to have stuffed boots and a clumsy gait. And his face was a familiar face, somehow: the jaw and chin and cheeks slightly darkened because he hadn't shaved for a day or two, and the nose long and hawklike, sniffing as if she were a treat he was going to gobble up and it was all a joke. The illusionary world of freedom and sexuality would only push them to the worst worlds from where they would never fetch away. She started writing very young and that the age of fifteen she submitted her first novel, but it was rejected for being 'too dark';.
Along the way she uses her beauty and sexuality to create, in her mind, a feeling of maturity which ultimately becomes her downfall. June did this, June did that, she saved money and helped clean the house and cooked and Connie couldn't do a thing, her mind was all filled with trashy daydreams. Oates again uses carefully thought out word choice to prognosticate that we could see Friend later in the story to possibly confront Connie in a derogatory way. Whereas Connie might have felt she was in control of the situation this is no longer the case at the end of the story. But, like a clever drunken man, he managed to catch his balance.
He succeeds in subjecting her to unbearable pains and agony. His name, Arnold Friend, is written next to a picture of a round smiling face, which Connie thinks resembles a pumpkin with sunglasses. Connie stared at him, another wave of dizziness and fear rising in her so that for a moment he wasn't even in focus but was just a blur standing there against his gold car, and she had the idea that he had driven up the driveway all right but had come from nowhere before that and belonged nowhere and that everything about him and even about the music that was so familiar to her was only half real. The author has often mentioned the Death and the Maiden folktale to be one of her primary influences, where innocent Persephone is mesmerized by Hades, and has to live with him in the underworld for six months of the year. He slid out just as carefully, planting his feet firmly on the ground, the tiny metallic world in his glasses slowing down like gelatine hardening, and in the midst of it Connie's bright green blouse. This shows how Connie, though only 15, wanted to experience adulthood behaviors. Readers, however, must ask themselves if the characters are making choices any different than the ones they make under the same situations.
She drew her shoulders up and sucked in her breath with the pure pleasure of being alive, and just at that moment she happened to glance at a face just a few feet from hers. Essay 3 As a child we often fantasize about finally obtaining freedom in adulthood, but often find the realities of adulthood shatter these childhood dreams. Her bright green blouse was all wet. Hades complied but he tricked Persephone into eating a pomegranate before she left. He threatens her and her family if she doesn't cooperate.
GradeSaver, 3 August 2015 Web. After casual chit-chat about the car, he introduces himself as Arnold Friend. She backs away from the door into the house and Arnold Friend steps onto her porch. She likes being called cute. Arnold Friend let go of the post tentatively and opened his arms for her, his elbows pointing in toward each other and his wrists limp, to show that this was an embarrassed embrace and a little mocking, he didn't want to make her self-conscious. Perhaps this pinpoint represents thoughts of her family, and Connie cannot rest until she ensures their safety.
Joyce Carol Oates that has become highly recognized. The boy introduces himself as and shows her all the slogans painted on his car, including jokes and a secret code: 33, 19, 17. One day they decided that instead of going to the mall they would go to the diner across the street. The name Ellie signifies the popular singer Elvis Presley, and Oscar a connection to the highest award possible in the pop-culture world. One night, Connie goes out with some friends, and ends up on a kinda-sorta date with a guy named Eddie. When Connie first spies him, the parking lot is filled with music.
The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, and entertainment. You think you're so pretty? Joyce Carol Oates uses familial isolation in both of her short stories to enable the main character to grow up. Connie is a typical teenage girl with a desperate need for independence. One such folktale is Cinderella. Arnold asks her if she saw his sign when she walked past him that night. His face is a mask, one that Connie can see now, with all of its imperfections—the tan make-up stopping at his throat.