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Where are you going, where have you been

Describe the main character in where are you going, where have you been?

is she flat or round?
is she representative or individual?

In the beginning, the family and town seem as ordinary.
what makes the setting and the people at the beginning of the story seem so ordinary?
what kind of ordinary person does connie seem to be? when do you notice the first hints of something extraodinary?

Is there an antagonist-protagonist relationship in this story? why? or whynot?
what and how do you learn more about connie? what and how do you learn about the treatment of connie by her famliy?

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First, I want to make sure you are clear on the terms.

Flat= stays the same; does not evolve. 1-dimensional
Round=evolving; changes; represents a "whole" person, not 1-dimensional.

Representative= symbolic of a group of people or a stereotype.
Individual= unique; not symbolic of a group; anti-cliche, OR not designed to stand for anything other than herself.

Antagonist= the "bad" guy.
Protagonist= the "good guy.

After reading the story, does Connie end up like she begins? Consider how independent and rebellious she is towards her family at ...

Solution Summary

This solution will help you in understanding characterization and theme in Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been."