In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" could Connie's expectations have been different if she was not good-looking?In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" could Connie's...

In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" could Connie's expectations have been different if she was not good-looking?

In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" could Connie's expectations have been different if she was not good-looking?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Connie was not any more vain, deceitful, or manipulative than any other fifteen year old girl, and her vanity was not the cause of her fate. Connie was sucked into Arnold Friend's manipulations because she was a little girl who was naive and scared, not because she was vain. 

  Actually, this is not the case.  You might want to read eNotes summary about Connie's character, which is at http://www.enotes.com/where-are/characters.

 Her vanity is one of the prime reasons that she was able to fall into Arnold Friend's manipulations, absolutely, and I do not agree that she was not any more vain than any other fifteen year old girl.  I certainly did not do the things Connie did to garner attention at ANY age LOL.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Connie's looks are very important to her and to this story, yes.  Connie was a vain, conceited person who was deceitful and manipulative, and she used her looks to her advantage.  What Connie did not realize was that her vanity and arrogance were big problems that ended up causing an even bigger problem for her...the possibility of losing her life.  She let her vanity get in the way of seeing Arnold Friend for the dangerous man he was.  She was easily sucked into his manipulations because of her vanity.  

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berzerker501st | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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Because of her looks she acted the way she did, for in her mind she was going to become old and ulgy like her Mother,

" .... and looking right through her mother, into a shadowy vision of herself as she was right at that moment: she knew she was pretty and that was everything."

 

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glitzkrieg | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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Connie was not any more vain, deceitful, or manipulative than any other fifteen year old girl, and her vanity was not the cause of her fate. Connie was sucked into Arnold Friend's manipulations because she was a little girl who was naive and scared, not because she was vain. 

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