Help me with ideas for an imaginary conversation between Dee in "Everyday Use" and Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been."Instructions: Write a dialog between the two characters...

Help me with ideas for an imaginary conversation between Dee in "Everyday Use" and Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been."


Write a dialog between the two characters that includes a description of the setting. Your dialog should be a natural, imagined conversation that demonstrates your understanding of the two characters, their story and experiences. It can be at a coffee shop or standing in line waiting for a movie to start or some other situation where they might encounter each other and have a conversation.

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both Dee and Connie have sisters who are very different than each is herself.  Connie wants something very different for herself than her mother, and Dee has left home and started a life very different from the one she had at home.

I would expect the setting would be a place Dee might likely visit: not a restaurant on the other side of the highway, as Connie does.  But as Connie is trying to leave what she sees as a boring, going-nowhere existence behind, I could imagine her visiting a restaurant in a larger town, where Dee would be more at home.

Remember that Dee is older, so their conversation might be one where Connie looks for advice, and it could be about anything: getting a job and finding an apartment, or both, etc.

Remember, too, that the dialogue needs to reflect the characteristics of each young woman.  Connie has little regard for her mother's advice and thinks she is "grown up enough" to handle herself; Dee has little regard for her heritage--the people she comes from, redefining herself, and interested in appearances.  (In this way, I think both characters are somewhat shallow--perhaps it's that they are both still very young.)

When you use dialogue, you start with the open quotation mark; capitalize the first word of the sentence; place a comma (not a period unless there is no tag)--or question mark/exclamation point at the end of a sentence that ends that person's speech and then type the closed/end quotation mark; lastly add the conversational tag or he said/she said phrase.   For example:

"I never thought we'd get through that traffic jam!" exclaimed Patrick's father.  (A "tag" can vary, e.g., "he said" or "she explained," etc.)  or

"I think I'll have vanilla ice cream."  (If this is in response to another character's question, you don't need to necessarily identify the speaker.)

Try to avoid using "she said" over and over again, mix it up: "she said," "she pondered," "she explained," etc., but only as appropriate.