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1. Oates describes Connie as only half-aware; for example, she describes her as "dreaming", her mother having to "drag her back into the daylight . . ." Why is Connie so complacent? What is so appealing about the dream-world she exists in?

Were are you going? Were have you been ? by Joyce Carol Oates

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For all the dreary boredom Connie feels her life to be, it is still safe. Adolescents dream of testing the waters outside their home life but also want that safe zone to run back to.